Your Fitness Journey Isn’t A Race

All right folks, brace yourselves. What I’m about to say might ruffle some feathers, but hey, isn’t that why you’re here? You want the cold, hard truth. No sugar-coating, no phony promises, just the real deal about this wild, wonderful journey to health and fitness.

So, here it is: Your fitness journey isn’t a race. 

And it’s not even a marathon.

It’s a tango. It’s a dance where the beat is set by you, not by some Instagram model with a killer six-pack or the muscled gal on the cover of the checkout aisle magazine.

I know what you’re thinking: “But they’re so dedicated! They have achieved so much! If they can do it, why can’t I?” 

Yes, these folks deserve our admiration for their dedication and discipline. But just like you wouldn’t compare a chicken to a flamingo – different species, different lifestyles, different habitats – comparing your fitness journey to theirs is like comparing apples to oranges.

Why? ‘Because we’re all unique. We’ve got different bodies, different metabolism, and heck, even different lives. Some of us have spent decades sitting behind a desk, while others have been chasing toddlers or hefting heavy stuff around a warehouse. That all counts.

Your body, your rules.

Here’s the clincher, though: while these ‘shredded’ folks may look the part, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re healthier or happier than you or me. Some of these Instagram gods and goddesses push their bodies to extremes to maintain that ‘perfect’ image. But who’s to say what perfect is? 

Health about more than just chiseled abs, perfect backsides, and bulging biceps!

Fitness is a fickle beast. But let’s reframe it. Instead of fixating on what we’re not, let’s celebrate what we are. Maybe we can’t deadlift twice our body weight, but we can celebrate being able to pick up a bag of potting soil from the ground. Maybe we can’t run a marathon, but we can chase our grandkids around the park.

Fitness is about quality of life, it’s about being able to DO things, Bout being strong, vital, and capable.

This is a call to love yourself a little more, to respect your body, and to define your own version of fitness. 

So, the next time you lace up your sneakers or head to the gym, remember: you’re dancing to your own beat. Your journey to fitness is unique. 

Don’t rush it, don’t force it, just embrace it. You’re doing just fine.

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Kevin English

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