Fitness: Beyond Your Gym Attendance

fitness is a lifestyleHave you heard that saying, “you can stand in the garage, but that doesn’t make you a car? Well the same applies to fitness.

Going to the gym doesn’t make you fit. Even doing an occasional intense workout doesn’t necessarily get you fit either.  Your body needs a lot more than just regular gym attendance – it needs a healthy lifestyle. Being fit requires eating for fuel, giving your body the nutrients it needs to grow and repair. It requires discipline.  You may need to say “No’ next time you are asked to go out when you know your body desperately needs rest. Your body needs ample fluids for healthy hydration and to help flush toxins. Your body needs good posture to relieve joints and to prevent injury. Sadly, there are a lot of people working hard in the gym to get fit, who are destroying their bodies as soon as they walk out the door.

Whether it’s eating junk food, smoking, drinking, not getting rest, allowing too much stress in your life or being in an unhealthy relationship, unhealthy choices can trump any good workout if you are not careful.

Sure, you might get stronger if you lift weights regularly, but you could still die of lung cancer if you smoke. You could still be at risk of diabetes and obesity related illness even if you do regular cardio, if you continue to eat healthy. Even if you workout, you can still be at risk for injury due to poor posture or tight muscles.

The bottom line is you can’t expect to pick and choose what you are willing to do to be fit and healthy.  Being fit is something you work toward all day long. Decide to strive for the full package – healthy inside and out. Look healthy because you ARE healthy!

  • Be STRONG: Lift weights regularly
  • Be FIT: Challenge your cardiovascular system with regular cardio
  • Be HEALTHY: Eat healthy food – you really are what you eat! 
  • Be FLEXIBLE: Remember to stretch tight muscles to prevent poor posture and injury.
  • Be CALM: Meditate, pray and rest. Your body and mind needs quiet time too.

 

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About Bonnie Pfiester

Fitness Columnist and Lifestyle Coach, Resident Trainer for Designer Whey, Fitness Advisor for FitStudio, powered by Sears, FitFluential Ambassador and Owner of Max Fitness Club, home of BCx Boot Camp in Vero Beach, Florida.

Posted on April 22, 2014, in Mantras, Mental Health, Motivational, PFIT TIPS and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. Hi Bonnie, I think there might be something wrong with the link for your ebook? Thanks, Carmel

    Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:56:40 +0000 To: carmelhoyer@hotmail.com

  2. Try this! I just checked it and it worked. I’ll fix the link in the blog. THANKS!!!

  3. Awesome post, Bonnie! Really well done. It is so nice to see a broader whole body focus like this.

  4. Reblogged this on One Regular Guy Writing about Food, Exercise and Living Longer and commented:
    The bottom line is you can’t expect to pick and choose what you are willing to do to be fit and healthy. Being fit is something you work toward all day long. Decide to strive for the full package – healthy inside and out. Look healthy because you ARE healthy!

  5. Awesome post. I liked that final combination: Strong, Fit, Healthy, Flexible and Calm; Body, Mind and Soul!

  6. Love the post, thanks Bonnie!

  7. Hi Bonnie! Love this post and I totally agree! My goal is to live and promote living a fully fit life just as you outlined. 😊

  8. Reblogged this on FITSPLORATION and commented:
    Great post! Strive for the full package, fully fit inside and out..
    Be Strong
    Be Fit
    Be Healthy
    Be Flexible
    Be Calm

  9. Love this! I want to start meditating again! It kept me so calm… Especially for a girl who gets anxious now and then.

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