We hit the gym, enroll in cross-fit classes, learn Zumba or do aerobics. If one answers genuinely the motivation behind all these physical activities, there is something more than the underlying answer that is simply fitness.
The Real Motive Behind Physical Activity
People talk about fitness and propaganda their healthy lifestyle solely not for the sake of living healthy. Most people don’t love fitness only for the sake of fitness and there is a bigger motive behind all their self-induced motivation. Fitness is a gateway to explore things we love, maybe a game of football, sway our body to the Zumba dance or swim few laps in the cool water. Fitness is often seen as a means to the end. For example, we enter college not for the sake of studying but with the intention of landing up with a great job. But, we often project fitness as though gaining knowledge is the sole purpose of enrolling in college.
Every person’s intention differs. Most do physical activity to lose weight, some do it to make themselves fitter for engaging in activities such as volleyball, stand-up paddle boat, hiking or mountaineering that require high energy levels and stamina while others do it just because the entire society does it (to ensure that they are not singled-out in a crowd).
When an obese person wishes to lose weight, the main point of discussion remains about losing certain kilograms rather than the benefits of the outcome such as a leaner and fitter body, decreased risk of diseases and a positive frame of mind. In practice, the obese person himself/herself would only look at the number of kilos that can be lost and not on the actual health benefits. For instance, once an individual was denied entry to a ride in an amusement park just because he was obese and not suitable for taking up the ride. This utterly disappointed his much-excited son and then the dad decided to lose weight. The motive of this person is to be able to take up the amusement ride rather than reducing weight for the sake of fitness. Actually, this kind of motivation keeps the person move forward strongly and achieve his/her goals. If we find ‘why’ to the fitness question, half the problem is solved and the weight loss journey is sure to happen successfully. Obese/overweight individuals wanting to lose weight can get in touch with a registered dietitian nutritionist at www.firsteatright.com.
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Only when it comes to fitness, we all become perfectionists. Getting late to office on some days or missing out on our favorite TV series do not motivate us to quit our job or stop watching the series. But, we do exactly this with fitness.
When a person following a healthy diet plan goes out for the weekend, he/she might drink and party. This might demotivate the person and he/she struggles to resume healthy habits and working out. The person might feel dejected, bloated, lethargic and sluggish to resume any activity. What the person misses here is that, if eating and drinking for a couple of days can make him/her feel bloated, resuming healthy food habits and exercising is also going to cause a positive impact on the person’s body. Our body is surely going to respond to the wise food choices as quickly as it responds to the unwise food choices. Instead of grumbling about the past off-the-track activities, start focusing on the positive choices and habits right away.
Each Person is Gifted with Different Capabilities
People might be good at handling multidirectional family responsibilities, exceedingly competent in their professional field or might successfully pursue their favorite hobby, but when these people are asked about their interest and dedication towards fitness, they are at a loss of words.
The passion in an individual’s eyes when he/she speaks up about his/her favorite activity or job is unmatchable, lively and energetic. What the individual does not realize is that fitness too takes up the same characteristics to become successful with it. Once these people realize this, their mindset changes and they approach fitness in the same positive way in which they approached their job too.
A single workout is not going to turn a person’s life upside down, but a single conversation can change the person’s approach to a problem upside down. Once the individual gets the knack of the workout phase, he/she is sure to continue the journey of fitness forever.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.