What Does Being Fit Really Teach Us?

We make choices in life. Each one of us is unique in our own way. As individuals, our minds are in control of everything – things that we do, things that we want to do and things that we want to have. Our eagerness and determination to work hard in achieving the things that we think we can’t do or the things that we think we can’t have will determine our future.

Physical fitness as described in Wikipedia, is a general state of health and well-being or specifically the ability to perform aspects of sports or occupations. Physical fitness is generally achieved through correct nutrition, exercise, hygiene and rest. It is a set of attributes or characteristics that people have or achieve that relates to the ability to perform physical activity. Physical fitness means being healthy and free from illness and the ability to be involved in physical activities, such as running, jumping, swimming, weight lifting, etc. During our first few years in school, we have been introduced to physical fitness and sports. Some of us discovered our talents and became athletes. Others would always try their best to excel in sports even if they believe that they don’t have the said talent. They are those people who believe in the saying, “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” Now, let’s talk about those who are neither athletes nor enthusiasts. They are these types of people:

1) An average guy who wants to look better, have bigger arms, broader shoulders, thicker chest and finely carved abs.

2) A person who thinks he or she is fat and aims to have a smaller waistline or a flat tummy.

3) A skinny guy who wants to build more muscle.

4) A man or a woman who wants to become stronger and feel better.

5) An elderly person who is fighting a disease and was advised by the doctor to start exercising. The main goal is to look better. Next is to feel better, stronger and healthier.

In my opinion, physical fitness is a complex state. It is a definition of how a person lives his or her life. It is an enigmatic evidence of feeling great from inside out. It is a result of discipline, hard work, humility, curiosity, and perseverance.

These characteristics, for me, are the main ingredients in becoming successful in your fitness goals.


Not eating your favorite comfort food or not drinking your favorite soda, getting yourself tired three, four or five times a week, spending your time running outside instead of just lying in bed – these are not a good idea to many. When you have discipline, you know that you have to do what you don’t want to.


Focusing on your goal, looking forward to achieving your desired body or physical ability and pushing yourself hard are not really hard to do at all. Always tell yourself to strive more for better results. Hard work pays off at the end of the day.


Always keep in mind that you don’t need to be better than someone else. There will always be that person who looks better than you or is stronger than you. Sometimes you will be that person too. There is no competition with anyone but yourself. Bragging about what you have will get you nowhere.


There are a lot of fitness experts and magazines online nowadays. Social media is one of the best ways to get advice and tips from. You only need to take the time to read those information and try applying them. Having a friend who is experienced in physical fitness will also be a bonus. But also limit yourself from hearsay.


There will be times that you get frustrated, unmotivated, hopeless and unprogressive. Don’t just quit right away. Remember the first day of your workout until the next weeks, months and years that you feel a lot stronger than ever before. Never think of giving up and put to waste what you have already started. You will notice the changes in your body as you take pictures every now and then, either monthly or bimonthly, or anytime you want to take note of your progress.

As you take the journey to achieving your goals and having the physique that you always wanted, you will eventually learn and practice the qualities mentioned above. You will also get used to eating healthier foods and limit or exclude those unhealthy ones in your everyday meal. You will start to add and love more protein, green and leafy vegetables, healthy fats and fiber to your diet. But remember, there is no perfect diet, a very good advice or an excellent trainer if your mind is not set to work with keen interest. In addition, you’ll be more successful if you keep an open mind and always be willing to learn.

Although there will be times that you feel like your expectations are not met. You will feel like there are no changes in your body as how you want it to be. You’ll be in the stage of reaching the so-called plateau and you notice that there is no progress anymore, you’re not getting any bigger, leaner or stronger. Your only competition here is yourself. Every time you look in the mirror, you will see that person in front of you. You would always want to look better than that one there. Every time you feel like quitting, every time you feel tired and losing the drive, just think of what you will achieve when you keep going. You need to decide where you want to be. Are you contented with what you just have? Would you just accept the fact that you can’t achieve something new for yourself? Or would you want to experience the triumph of conquering your limitations? As the great Arnold Schwarzenegger said, make your mind work for you, not against you. You just have to be patient, continue doing what you have started, keep an open mind because everyday is a learning process, enjoy yourself until the day you realize that you have already reached your goal. By then, you will know exactly what I’m talking about.

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