Posted by: 4pack | December 27, 2008

“Ideal Shape” Update: Dedication To Fitness Is Key To Ideal Shape

“When a person trains once, nothing happens. When a person forces himself to do a thing a hundred or a thousand times, then he certainly has developed in more ways than physical. Is it raining? That doesn’t matter. Am I tired? That doesn’t matter, either. Then willpower will be no problem.”

It says a lot about who you are when you invest the time to take care of yourself. It says you respect and love yourself enough to do the things necessary to be at your personal best.

http://www.oregonlive.com/health/index.ssf/2008/12/when_it_comes_to_fitness_you_a.html

So as you outline your health and fitness plan for 2009, what will you do to challenge yourself?

Consider how much discipline it takes to work out three to five days a week. Think about how hard it is to keep stretching beyond comfort zones and how challenging it is to exercise at high intensities. Consider the self-resolve required to eat healthy foods and drink lots of water when temptations surround us everywhere we go.

But if you have the courage to respect your body — the temple that houses your mind and spirit — achieving your goals will not be far away.

It says a lot about who you are when you invest the time to take care of yourself. It says you respect and love yourself enough to do the things necessary to be at your personal best.

Each time you get into the gym for a workout on a day when you just don’t feel like exercising, you grow a little stronger as a human being. Each time you go for a run or walk on a cold winter’s day when you just feel like staying under the warm, cozy covers, you strengthen your character. When you endure a tough workout, it enables you to persevere through other challenge in your life.

Working on improving your physical conditioning will not only enrich your life and make you a better person, you’ll also become a better parent, a better spouse, a better and more productive worker, and a better friend.

Exercising regularly, eating well and taking the time to relax and nourish your body will make you feel happier. It will provide you with more energy than you have ever known. It will give you greater stamina, mental toughness and make you a clearer, stronger thinker. It will make you more patient and loving.

There are 168 hours in a week. Surely each and every one of us regardless of our hectic schedules can carve out four or five of them to care for our bodies and work on mastering our physical state.

And remember that a missed workout is much more than just a missed workout.

When you miss a workout, you don’t just stay at the same level you were at — you actually take a few steps back. Every time you miss a workout, you have done something to strengthen the habit of not working out. When you’ve made the promise to yourself to exercise so many times per week and then you break that promise, you start to lose trust in yourself.

A missed workout fuels self-doubt and makes that negative habit stronger. Miss enough workouts, and eventually that negative habit of not working out will replace the positive habit of exercising that you have worked so hard to cultivate.

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