Living The Fitness Lifestyle


A number of you have written to me about how to handle the days when you don’t exercise, when you don’t follow a meal plan and when you’re not scheduled to participate in a fitness event of some sort. We tend to call these “rest days” or “rest days”, as some people even have an “off-season” and I tend to think these names are very appropriate. I think the main idea or concept that we should subscribe to and live the fitness lifestyle is that there is no time when our body does nothing. The only time your body comes close to doing nothing is when you die and then it keeps doing something; It’s called decay. But on a serious note, we have to understand that a decent life is more than a workout or a series of well-planned meals, it really is a lifestyle. Media and marketing do a great job selling products, but they have also given many people an unrealistic idea of ​​what a fit is, what it looks like and how to live decently.

Popular mindsets to avoid

I often talk to people who participate in bodybuilding and fitness competitions. These are sports that I personally love and respect. These sports feature a huge number of great athletes and have always had a place in my heart as some of my favorite food personalities and friends. However, most people (but rarely athletes) tend to mislabel these people and mistakenly think of these people as the ultimate symbol of the fitness lifestyle. In most cases (there are exceptions) I can tell you that nothing could be further from the truth. I’ve lived this lifestyle most of my life so I know what I’m talking about.

In my experience, the majority of these people only engage in round-the-clock fitness lifestyle endeavors when it’s time to get ready for a competition. The rest of the year, many of them won’t train for weeks at a time, eating anything they like and engaging in binge eating, devouring themselves to food, then turn around and start extreme dieting practices in order to get ready for their show. Additionally, most people I know in these sports (including me at one time) only exercise and eat “clean” at various times throughout the year during the years they compete.

Over time, large fluctuations in body weight, steroid use, and constantly changing dietary practices take their toll. Once their lives get past the competition stage, most tend to become recreational exercisers and end up with the same fitness deficiencies that most other people do. While sports are a great way to stay in shape and enjoy our lives, we have to make sure that we create lifestyle characteristics that will survive once the days of competition have passed. I have struggled with this for years and can tell you that this is a huge challenge for the former fitness athlete.

Know yourself, it will be a long journey

A decent life (lifelong) means being aware of your body’s fitness deficiencies and designing a lifestyle that will improve it and keep it at a high level. It’s really that simple. It’s not tearing up the summer and then gaining all the weight back in the fall lifestyle. Sure, there are times when the right person may decide to take some aspect of fitness and improve it dramatically in order to enjoy its benefits, but the thing to remember is that there is no stopping point.

This is a very simple key concept, but one that is very absent from most people’s lives. The fitness lifestyle never stops. It doesn’t end when you stop exercising, it doesn’t end when you get married and it doesn’t end when you start your own business. There is no stopping point for those who live fit. Surely we all have setbacks, struggles, and challenges to overcome; But we beat them. We know that these setbacks, struggles, and challenges will be overcome while living the fitness lifestyle. In other words, we do not modify our lifestyle in order to deal with problems, we deal with problems while maintaining our lifestyle. As simplistic as this sounds, I’ve found that this is probably the most difficult aspect of adequate living that most people deal with.

Of course there are meals and days and times when we do things that go against our beliefs and our lives. But they are the exception, not the rule. These things are allowed into our lives as a break from the norm, as brief events that add to our lives in other ways and are worth the cost.

Some examples might be:

Eating a cake with your child on his birthday – there are so many positives that come from this
Have a few drinks with an old friend who needs to talk – friends are priceless, and it won’t hurt you
Enjoying cultural events with its food and drinks – many things in life cannot be replaced

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By Nimra Zubair

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