29 Jun Find Your Fit

find your fit imageWe all know how important exercise is, so why don’t we commit to it daily?

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, only half of Americans meet the physical activity guidelines for cardio or aerobic activity. According to the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, less than one out of five people belong to a gym.

The sad reality is that the majority of people despise, or at the very least dislike, exercising. Unfortunately, people who dislike exercise find it to be boring and bothersome, rather than a stress-reducing activity. They don’t see the benefits of how exercise can clear our minds as well as help to keep us fit and healthy. Non-exercisers don’t entertain the idea that exercising could actually become something that they look forward to doing, while having some fun. If you’re one of the few people that belong to a gym and enjoy working out, welcome to the group of crazies. If you’re not one of these people, don’t worry…there’s a solution.

The majority of people who tell me that they hate to exercise, don’t actually hate exercise. You certainly can change your mindset and discard any negativity that you associate with working out. Throw out all your pre-programmed notions that tell you that exercise is too hard, too complicated, or too boring. I believe you can have fun exercising by finding your perfect fit. Figure out the physical activity that you enjoy. Find something that makes you want to work hard but also have fun, while reaching your fitness goals. If you don’t enjoy exercising, you don’t hate exercise, you just haven’t found something that you can enjoy doing.

So after some time, you’ve found the activity that you enjoy doing, and you’ve reprogrammed yourself to find value in getting exercise and getting fit. You eventually feel passionate about what you are doing.  You look forward to your workout time. This same journey of finding your exercise niche directly relates to being passionate about your work. We all know how important it is to be passionate at work, so why don’t we make the necessary moves to actually be happy at work?

According to Gallup, over 70 percent of Americans are disengaged at work. How can we be so busy, yet so bored? Many of us spend 60 to 70 percent of our non-sleeping hours at work. Don’t you think loving it should be a priority?

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It is vitally important to find your fit at work, just as you find your fit at the gym. Your passions point you in the right direction.

People constantly tell me about things they should be doing, but aren’t, because they hate doing them. They say, “I hate exercising. I hate reading!” I usually ask them, “What kind of exercises are you doing? What are you reading? What your interests? Have you tried reading about your interests and hobbies? Should you be listening to an audio book instead? Maybe you hate traditional running on the treadmill, but have you tried swimming for cardio, or playing basketball?” If you find yourself struggling to do certain things, be sure to ask yourself the pertinent questions about why it’s a struggle.

The entire time that  I was in school, I always hated reading. Heck, I hated reading until I was in my late 20s, and for one simple reason—I wasn’t reading the right material. The day that my mentor gave me a leadership book by John C. Maxwell is the very day that I discovered my true passion for reading.

What things are you deeply passionate about? I’m passionate about relationships, wellness, and personal growth. Once you find your fit, you’ll be one of the crazies who are actively engaged in work and life.

Action Item: Grab a sheet of paper. Draw a vertical line down the middle. On the top of the left side, write the heading “Like to Do.” On the top of the right side, write the heading, “Love to Do.” Write down 5-10 things that you “like to do.” Then, write 5-10 things that you “love to do.” Circle your top “loves.” Do more of what you “love” and less of what you “like.”

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