There is a benefit to fitness that is so incredibly valuable and yet you’ll never hear about it. Why is the greatest benefit of fitness not one of its major selling points?
Because it isn’t sexy.
This benefit won’t show up in an ad with glistening muscular bodies. It’s not about making your high school friends jealous at your 10 year reunion. And it won’t manifest instantaneously like the deceptive ads for “fit teas” or “30 days to beach body” programs falsely advertise. It can’t be accomplished by a six week challenge.
No. The greatest gem of fitness requires some self-awareness and using our imagination. So let’s try together because with this understanding of the true value of fitness, you can drastically improve your life. Your whole life.
Let’s imagine the two paths your life can take as you get older: staying active and in healthy physical shape compared to not doing any physical activity at all. This doesn’t mean being a fitness model, this means having a regular routine of physical exercise that you enjoy. Sport. Individual. Gym. Outdoor. Doesn’t matter. Now, imagine the trajectory of experiences with health that are or are not likely to arise because each of these choices. And then imagine what you will be able to or limited from enjoying, doing, trying, and engaging in during your whole life because of that choice.
So here is the secret fitness value your will never hear about:
Being consistently physically active helps you to get older better.
It decreases your risk of disease (like diabetes, heart disease, obesity, cancer)
It decreases your risk of injury and improves joint and bone durability
It improves emotional and mental well-being (including reducing the big three: stress, anxiety, and depression)
It improves your overall immune system
It decreases the limitations in your life
Connects you with health-minded people and communities
All these benefits and more can be yours but see? It’s not very sexy. Although, for us lucky ones, living a long life is a reality we will have to deal with. We can make this reality more or less enjoyable for ourselves. Fitness is like an investment into a positive life experience and if you make a consistent investment, the benefits continue to grow over time.
Investing in your fitness today is like putting money in your health bank. Are you ready to invest in yourself today?
We get so caught up in “upgrading” our stuff that we forget a very simple but eye opening fact: we can’t replace our body. We can change our country of residence. We can change our partners or our careers but we cannot change out our body for another.
Our body is the one thing we are committed to for life.
Of course we can evolve or devolve our relationship with it and this can alter its appearance or function, but this is the costume we will wear for our time on Earth. So why not wear something we actually enjoy?
It feels good to feel good in our bodies and we are designed for a healthy and active existence. This requires we heal, nourish, cleanse, and move our bodies. We cannot swap out our frame for someone else’s but we can create the best existence possible with the frame we have. This is available to every one of us.
Being in a positive and health-focused community, like ours at Concentric Fit, is an important component to live in ultimate health with the body we have. Studies have shown people are 95% more likely to continue a health routine that they start with friends. Being around people that support you healing, nourishing, cleansing, and moving your body is a major key to successfully live long and live well.
Coach Victor and I (Coach Caroline) at Concentric Fit are not bodybuilders or professional fitness competitors.
We consider ourselves athletes but we see fitness as a tool to enhance and increase our longevity and durability for our other athletic pursuits. Coach Victor used his athleticism and recovery to compliment his years of martial arts training when he won gold at the California Open Jiu Jitsu World League competition in May. (You can watch Coach Victor’s wins on his YouTube channel! Subscribe to Macho’s Man Cave or follow our blog for more more fitness and healthy living inspiration. )
Our students feel the same as us! Beth has enhanced her weekly pickle ball game performance at 60 years young. Robert (40yrs) continues his passion for competitive soccer and scoring goals. Rod (42yrs) increased his wave-catching-volume per surf session with less fatigue. Nancy (62 yrs) enjoys her long nature hikes with her increased endurance and strength. Or our many parents that have simply improved play time with their little ones and made it more enjoyable for everyone. Or our office workers that use fitness training to decrease their stiffness and risk of injury from a sedentary lifestyle.
Imagine the benefits from enhanced fitness that would compliment your own life.
What would YOU like to enjoy more of in your life with increased fitness?
Another fitness misconception we can debunk right now.
This is too often an excuse people give to avoid addressing their long-term health.
At Concentric Fit, we often tell our students to enjoy food as it is one of the many pleasures of life. This isn’t about binging, it is about satisfying and nourishing ourselves in all the ways. Remember, long-term health and wellness is really a balancing act. Too much restriction will make us feel deprived so when we finally unleash our cravings, it will likely be extreme and unhealthy. This make us feels bad and is an unsustainable cycle.
Instead, can we find an alternative that satisfies us but doesn’t harm our health?
For example, chips are a favorite snack of ours. So instead of Doritos or another similar highly processed brand, we go for yummy sweet potato chips with 3 simple ingredients and guacamole with few natural ingredients. It’s delicious and satisfying. There’s so many ways to do it.
Instead of Cold Stone, try dark chocolate covered frozen bananas. Or frozen berries blended with honey. Instead of sugary chemical rich Starbucks, try a sugar-free plant based morning creamer for morning coffee. You may come to find that your new snack is way more satisfying than whatever you were eating/drinking before. I know this has been true for us.
We sometimes find with cravings that there is a lack of nutrient variety in the diet and so a person may be craving more food because of the lack of nutrients (so they may be calorie-full but nutrient-starved) and/or there is an emotional/psychological need (like the need for more sweetness in life so they crave sweets or using carby foods to calm and sooth themselves). So taking a note if either of these can be the cause of our cravings is important too.
Once these factors are addressed, most cravings are harmless if we keep them in alignment with our overall health and wellness. There are a million ways to create health-enriching substitutes for our various cravings so we can enjoy our favorite foods even more because they help, heal, and nourish us instead of hurting us.
If you have a favorite health or nutrient focused snack, please share with us in the comments below. We love new ideas and you help out your fellow fitness enthusiasts.
When we are just going through the motions, we are not adequately creating the mind-muscle connections needed to create growth and improvement. This also can lead to poor movement patterns, and we know what that can lead to. Now if we add in emotional resistance to training and improving ourselves or judgements of our bodies and abilities on top of this, then our mind is actually focused on our demise and not our success. By putting our “mind in the muscle,” we not only catalyze our progress, we also turn our workout into a moving meditation.
Simply focusing on the muscle we are activating and being present makes our workouts more enjoyable and more effective. Try putting your mind in the muscle in your next workout or learn how do this with us at Concentric Fit!