Let’s use our imagination, and I’ll tell you a story about two sisters.
They share many things in common – DNA, childhood experiences, basic values, etc.
But they couldn’t be more different when it comes to fitness.
One is a super-fit competitive athlete.
The other wants to be “fit,” but she doesn’t prioritize it and either looks for the magic bullet diet/ supplement or fills up her free time with busy work or doom scrolling.
Seriously! And I’m trying not to judge here, but bear with me. Here’s the point. Here’s the difference between them.
It’s how they relate to their own fitness to their families.
The athletic sister decided when her kids were young that she needed to stay strong and fit while raising them and, seeking a hobby for herself, she took up triathlons. She was devoted to her kids, but she craved time to herself and made it a priority – and she needed the energy to keep up with being a mom. Her kids and husband realize this is important and the activities she does is normalized.
The OTHER sister, though? Well, even before she had kids, she never really committed to her health and fitness. She would dabble in routines and healthy eating, but she was scared to really try, preferring to do what was comfortable. When the kids came, she was always “too busy” with their activities to do anything for herself. Sure, she was tired all the time, but who wouldn’t be!
I bet you know people like this. Heck, we are ALL people like this at some point or another.
Here’s why: We make decisions about how to live every day.
- We decide whether we will be healthy, fit and happy – or not.
- We decide whether our family commitments are excuses to keep us from being fit – or not.
- We decide whether we want to prioritize our own health and wellbeing – or not.
So, you can not address your fears and challenges or blame your family and carry that handy excuse for decades like the one sister did.
Or you can proudly stand up for yourself, invest in your health for yourself AND FOR THEM, and do your best to live a healthy lifestyle. To be around longer. To be more present with them every day.
Working out should be viewed as a platform for a better life. Sure, you feel strong, mobile, and balanced, but it’s how you can show up in your life and be there for your friends, family, and community. You are setting an example of what life could be, and know that you are not leaving it to others to take care of you.
I hope you choose to get fit FOR your family, so you can be a positive example and have confidence that they won’t have to take care of you as you get older.
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