A Fit(ter) Lifestyle

It’s that time of year again, when I start hearing those who doesn’t live an active lifestyle swearing to themselves: “I’m going to eat super healthy,” “I’ll run a mile everyday,” or my favorite, “I’m going to force myself to go to the gym – everyday.”  And these proclamations have the same result every time… They fail.

This failure is necessarily the resolutioner’s fault, they see people that are active and healthy and go “Okay, I’m going to do what you do and then I’ll be more like you.”  The intent is good, but no one just starts doing all those actions and habits every day.  A shortened version of how I started running more and controlling what I ate looks more like this:

“I have a dog now, I should take him running occasionally.”
“My dog and I are both in better shape, we should run more often.”
“I like running, but sometimes when I eat greasy food before I run, it kills my endurance. I should time what I eat and track it.”

Granted, this is an abridged version, but the point is that I started with small goals that were much easier to achieve. Since I enjoyed them I pursued a more and more healthy lifestyle. These habits build on each other.

This is the most common cycle I see in the general population concerning fitness: people want to start having healthy routines and habits and instantly see the results fly in.  But the process is much more organic than that – it has to start with one simple change that dominoes into something amazing.  So for anyone thinking they’re going to instantly snap into a “fit” lifestyle this new year just make it easier and say you’re going to work on a “fitter” lifestyle.