One of the greatest fears in my life is Aging. People age without a choice, but I dream of aging gracefully. The day-to-day work pressures and our ignorant lifestyle impinges a lot on our health. People define fitness in different terms, to some it is all about losing the excess fat, for some it is about body building, to many it is about seeing those six or eight packs in the mirror, while some focus on building strength or endurance. To me, fitness is my lifestyle.
These days a plenty of articles are written in magazines like MensHealth, videos are uploaded on Youtube and other social media platform about fitness. I remember scrolling through certain videos on burning thousands of calories in hours and vividly remember seeing a headline boasting of reducing 44 lbs in 12 hours. Well, I wonder the authenticity of such videos. In the World we live in, anything and everything catches ones eyes, and most of the cast of such videos and authors of articles confess their so-called drastic success as their personal experience, I wonder how good or bad could it be on they themselves and those who follow their advises/ suggestions.
To begin with, I personally feel that any kid or an adult should have a definite control over her food intake and his lifestyle. I keep wondering as to how can a man or woman lose sight of their physical self leading to excessive weight gain. I can understand that some of us may have an inclination towards fast food or some of us could be among-st those who have been blessed with a sweet-tooth. But whatever be our sweet weakness related to food, that doesn’t reason out for an uncontrolled food intake leading to excessive weight gain. I also (to an extent) blame the support system here. For eg., people in relationship should make sure that his/her partner doesn’t gain those extra pounds. The lifestyle should be routed through by the partner in such a way that there is some control over the worldly temptations of the partners cravings. I know it is easier said than done. Many of us start feeling comfortable in their skin. And I rarely know of a man who had the guts to tell his woman that she is fat. But in not doing so, the partner is doing the biggest injustice to his better half.
I personally feel, fitness is not about how many hours we spend in the gym or on a field. Instead, it a concoction of our food intake, sleep pattern and fitness training. Many of my good friends and colleagues assume that a good training session in the gym or a 5/10 mile run gives them the freedom to pop in a burger or heavy cheese pizza and a bottle of Jack Daniels. Well, to them I do try making them understand that it is just not the miles that count, it is also the calorie intake that matter. But, the irony lies in the fact that most tasty food on earth are filled with those ‘dirty’ calories one cannot live without. Off-course, there are those ‘cheat’ days specifically meant for such misadventures and it is important we have those cheat days forming part of our fitness regime.
Motivation is another key area of concern to many among-st us. Motivation can be internal and external. Some of us watch a video on weight reduction on Facebook and get motivated on the need to get fit. It is good to be motivated but the challenge is to remain motivated and attain our fitness goals. Some of us lose our way during this journey to achieve better health as we lack the much-needed internal motivation. The factors that motivate externally gets u a kick-start, but it is the factors that motivate internally that keeps your momentum going. Internal motivation is a key aspect to make us attain our fitness goal, in fact internal motivation holds the key to our happiness! Inspiration that comes within has the longest shelf-life.
I hear a number of people who are not in their best shape giving out reasons for not being so. Excuses they say, are the easiest to find in our lives. We have excuses for everything, be it to fall in love or to fall apart, to pursue our goals or to give up. You ll find a whole lot of excuses to skip a run, not hit the gym or pursue a game. The single largest told excuse for being out of shape is ones Job, closely followed by Marriage and lastly Age. You would have heard many say ‘ where do I find time for fitness? my job consumes most of my time’. Some even add, I need to do this to meet my ends and some even sound that I m the only one who earns bread in my family. At least in many Indian households, these are the best given excuses. I was even surprised by a colleague of mine who made a remark that those in the profession of acting or modelling are the only ones who can take care of their health as their job mandates them to do so. Then we have some of us who become comfortable in our skin and with our partner not complaining, take it for granted. And, lastly are those who feel that they need not focus anymore on their health because they are aged.
In a day, an average human being spends nearly 10-11 hours at work and probably 6-7 hours giving rest to the body, which still leaves him/her with 6-8 hours a day to focus on fitness goals. Even if one spends 02 hours on hobbies and a couple of hours on meeting ones basic needs, an hour or two can still be spent on ones fitness. That is all it takes, an hour a day, probably four to five times a week, making it five hours at the max, a week. What pains me to ask is that can’t we find an hour a day for some activity? Are we that busy to find time for fitness? Are we too preoccupied with our work, household or problems to not focus on ourselves? In the words of The Dalai Lama,’Man sacrifices his health in order to make money, then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health’.
I strongly believe that everything in our lives revolves around the ‘Mind’. Every time I feel like giving up, taking an extra mile, add an extra set or to pump up a few additional weights, I keep telling myself, ‘Its all in my head’. There will be times when you don’t see results, you feel like giving up, your body aches so much that you don’t feel like waking up and sometimes your job tears you down to bits, that is the point you tell yourself that ‘Its my mind that controls my body and not vice-versa‘.
‘Perseverance‘ is the last major factor that needs to be borne in the mind. We all like results and most of us want it now. We also want our results to outwit our efforts, and sadly we all like it that way. We do a set of crunches and expect tummy to tuck in (Men will be Men), we hardly run a mile, but we want toned legs in the mirror (Women huh!), but as the old adage goes ‘There are no shortcut to success‘, it takes time to see results, but I can vouch that your Perseverance and Hard work will definitely payoff.
So, all you need to do is to GET STARTED….