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Can Fitness Change Your Life?

Once again I stumbled upon a great article that I wanted to pass on to all of you.  Tony Horton wrote on the Huffington Post about the benefits of Fitness and how it can change your life if you let it.  I know that some of you struggle with your health/fitness.  It becomes something that you want but never feel like you can obtain.  What you don’t realize is that the only thing that is separating you from those who are health and fit is a decision.  A decision to make your life better and more fulfilling.  Eating healthy, exercising will never make your life worse.  This is a choice you have to make for yourself.   “What seems hard as hell at first will turn your life into a wonderful world of endless experiences, purpose, plenty of opportunities and the vim and vigor to enjoy life for the rest of your life.”  This has been completely true for me.  I never thought that P90X would change my life but it truly has.  What I used to hate, I now love.  The opportunities that have come my way because of a fitness program is mind blowing.  The friends I have made, the people who I have helped, it has been the best decision of my life.

Tony Horton writes about how Fitness changed his life in this blog post below.  This is why I consider Tony my health/fitness mentor and hang out with the guy ;).  Let me know what you think in the comment section!

“For many of us, it’s befuddling to figure out how to improve our lives. Here’s my shot at it.

When you decide to eat right and exercise regularly, the person you become has it much easier. Life isn’t as complicated, and more opportunities come your way. This simple philosophy changed my life. I used to have so many problems when I was younger. Everything was difficult. So much drama and conflict. I was lazy, tired and overwhelmed much of the time. Life was a struggle because I couldn’t deal with reality. Not in a million years would I have equated a poor diet and lack of physical activity as the bane of my existence.

In my late twenties and early thirties, I began to eat better and workout more regularly. Suddenly, new opportunities came my way, my confidence improved and the drama began to fade. At that time, I would have never thought life outside of my workouts was improving just because of my lifestyle choices. I didn’t have the knowledge to put two and two together. I chalked it up to luck, nothing more. There were times in those days when I’d get lazy, eat garbage food and blow off my workouts — and sure enough, life got complicated again.

When my opportunities in the fitness industry started to explode, my eating habits and workouts were fairly consistent. When I was working on fitness programs for Beachbody in the late nineties, it was incredibly challenging but I never thought for a second that I wasn’t ready or capable. It wasn’t a right-place-at-the-right-time kind of luck that created these opportunities. It was an opportunity-meeting-readiness kind of luck. Because of my workouts and clean diet, I had the energy and enthusiasm to create something that could change millions of people’s lives. I finally had a clear understanding that my regular exercise and healthy eating habits had everything to do with my triumphs.

The more consistent I was with workouts and diet, the more opportunities came my way. As a boy I ate too much junk and, outside of sports, never exercised. As a result, my life was a mess. I struggled because I didn’t have the brain power of a person who was firing on all cylinders. During my sometimes-on-sometimes-off phase I suffered from what I call “fitness bipolar disorder.” Lack of consistency didn’t allow me to reap the life-altering benefits of a true health and wellness lifestyle. In the last decade I have learned how daily whole foods and near-daily exercise will provide opportunities for a better life.

Of course, I’m not alone in this way of thinking. Since my revelation, books such as John Ratey’s “Spark,” as well as “Younger Next Year” by Chris Crowley and Henry Lodge have come along and helped cement my philosophy.

I’m telling you this because I want you to realize that life can be incredible — not through roll-of-the-dice luck, money, tutelage, education or status. I know plenty of very smart people with lots of money and most of them are miserable. Joy, happiness, opportunities, success and the life you want comes from making “the change” to a lifestyle that involves taking care of yourself. What seems hard as hell at first will turn your life into a wonderful world of endless experiences, purpose, plenty of opportunities and the vim and vigor to enjoy life for the rest of your life. The issues and drama of the past will fade because you had the courage to make consistent fitness and healthy food a priority.”

What do you think?  Has Fitness Changed Your Life?  Are you struggling to find your motivation?  Let us know, we can help!

source:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tony-horton/let-fitness-change-your-life_b_988105.html

 

5 comments
Chad
Chad

There are absolutely many factors that go into living the best life and being happy. The beauty of it is that it is different for everyone. I think the one thing that all people share that are living their best life is clarity. After changing my diet and fitness level a couple years ago it became so much easier to establish that clarity. Healthier living lead to more sleep, clearer thoughts, more patience, more fulfilling interactions, and more meaningful relationships. Is it all because I am healthier? Absolutely not, but I don't think I would be in the same place without the healthier lifestyle even if everything else was the same.

Kevin
Kevin

I just finished reading the post by Tony and I agree with it to an extent. I agree that when you do eat right and exercise you will look better and have more energy to do more things in life that you could not do if you were out of shape and eating bad. But, on the flip side I know and have seen a lot of people who are ripped and fit as a fittle as Tony would say and they are miserable. Just like Tony said there are people who having a lot of money and they are miserable. I believe and have seen people who are fit and have six packs that are miserable too. I don't think Tony's point was the all a person has to do is exercise and eat right and their life is going to just all of a sudden get better and all these opportunities are going to fall in their lap. But, if people really think that getting in shape, looking good, and eating right is going to solve everything they are being naive. I am certain Tony did other things in his life as well to make it better. Fitness has made me feel better about myself. I never thought I would be into fitness this much. I was never a workout person at all. But here I am having completed P90x, Insanity, Insanity Asylum and waiting on P90X2!! So yes I am a different person but I do realize there is a lot more to changing your life than eating right and working out.

Nick G
Nick G

Fitness has most certainly changed my life, drastically even. I used to be the shy fat kid who ate cheeseburger steaks every other night. Not today. I have quit smoking and drinking (among many other things) andI am happy with how I look, I feel good on the inside and look forward to making a better me everyday