#1 Key to Improved Fitness … You Have to Want It!

The society we live in today is obsessed with finding the quick fix – the magic bullet. The diet pill that will help you drop 30 lbs. in three weeks. The gadget that will produce six-pack abs in only five minutes a day. The shoes that will give you a tighter butt, and the pants that will reduce cellulite by 40%.

I hate to tell you … but it isn’t gonna happen. If it sounds too good to be true, it is.

The unfortunate fact …

… and the good news …

I would never be so crazy as to say that getting into shape is an easy task – it does take time, and work, and dedication (not to mention sweat, sore muscles, and less of a relationship with cookies/candy/sodas/chips/fill in your junk food weakness of choice here). But the beauty of our bodies is that they are moldable. They are willing to give back what we put into them. Kind of makes me think of that commercial with the kid playing soccer dressed as a hot dog or a doughnut or something – with one mom telling the other, “kids are what they eat.”

Perhaps that hardest part for people to grasp, however, is the mental aspect of it. When it comes to fitness, attitude absolutely is everything. Do you tell yourself you can push harder, run faster? Or do you let one little slip-up drive you off course? Success in health, fitness, weight loss – whatever your goal may be – comes down to commitment and wanting it bad enough. Like anything in life, if you don’t view fitness as a priority, it will never be one – you’ll always find something more fun or less painful to occupy your time.

I hate to bring up yet another commercial (do I watch too much television or something?), but it makes me think about how true the Weight Watchers (I think?) commercial from a few years back is: diets don’t work. Getting fit and achieving your goals – be they losing weight, gaining muscle, eating healthier, or something completely unique to you – requires a lifestyle change. It requires time, and commitment, and sweat, and pain, and sometimes sacrifice.

But it’s absolutely worth it.

4 thoughts on “#1 Key to Improved Fitness … You Have to Want It!

  1. (I am finally catching up on my e-mails/blog reads, so I apologize if this is the first of many comments on your past posts!!!)

    It’s amazing that it is actually the quick fixes that have gotten society to where they are now (fast foods, processed foods, instant gratifications)…

    • Seriously. You can feed 4 people on $25 from McDonalds … but you can also spend $5 on 1 lb. of chicken, $3 on a bag of brown rice and $2 on a bag of frozen vegetables and feed those same 4 people for a fraction of the price … and actually know what’s in your food.

      • That’s pretty interesting to read. I’m from Sweden and here we’re usually told that the reason why most Americans are fat is the fact that it’s cheaper to buy junk food than real grocceries (spelling?). Compared to here, where grocceries are relatively cheap, but eating at McDonalds is quite expensive. But reading your reply it seems like that isn’t true…

        Great post btw 🙂

      • Yes and no – it can be expensive to buy “real” food, but when you think about what you’re paying in your health (and thus later healthcare costs), it’s just not worth eating the cheap junk! I’d rather spend a little more now and feel good. It’s amazing the difference in how your body feels when you’re eating real, whole foods vs. processed junk. But in the US we’re so concerned with everything being easy … which is probably why we’re the most obese nation in the world.

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