This thought will be brief, but I felt compelled to share none the less, especially with the barrage of resolutions surrounding health and fitness about to be made by people everywhere.
Lately I’ve had countless friends, clients, and running store customers admit to me, almost sheepishly, that they’ve “fallen off” the proverbial fitness wagon. For a multitude of reason, likely none of them exactly the same. Injury. The holidays. Family commitments. Travel. Work. Other health issues. They’re too tired. A combination of everything. And the admission almost always comes with an air of guilt, shame, and regret.
Here’s the thing, my friends: fitness, much like life, does not have a concrete end point that we are purposefully striving for. You do not reach your fitness goals one day and say “well that was fun, I guess I’m done here!” and continue on your merry way, never doing another squat, lifting another weight, or running another mile ever again.
No. That’s not how it works.
Fitness is a lifetime activity, and I am constantly encouraging my friends and clients to view it as such. Much like eating, breathing, sleeping, loving, laughing… you get the idea. Fitness is something that we should all strive to make a part of our normal, everyday lives, for the rest of our lives. And therefore, just like life itself, there are bound to be highs and lows. There will be times you are absolutely on top of your fitness game and everything is going smoothly, and there will be times when you’ve lost your way. There will be times you feel absolutely fantastic, and there will be times that you feel absolutely horrible. And in between the highs and lows are typically longer stretches of contentment.
Just like life.
So what do you do when you fall off of the fitness/training/running/health bandwagon? Easy: you get back on. No excuses needed, no explanations necessary, just get back on. I promise you that this happens to the best of us, and I promise you that if you believe in yourself, that downtime will one day just be a blip on the radar.
Strive to be your best, always. But also, love you who are, always, no matter where you are on your own journey.