I always thought the gym was the place to be if I wanted that perfect body, hewn from that “special” equipment that can only be found at the gym (*sniff*)! Yeah right! Well as it turns out, ignorance plus good intentions mean nothing and DO nothing for helping you lose weight, get fit, and improving your health. The statistics are out there, and the news is not good-obesity and poor health are on the rise and signing up for a gym membership is NOT the magic pill. Who’d a thunk it?! The reality is that more than 70% of people who sign up for a gym membership, fitness program,etc quit, anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.

I’ve since made the calculation that the best gym or fitness program in the world, can NOT solve our current healthcare epidemic; in fact, this is one where a mult-pronged attack on all fronts needs to be implemented if we’re truly serious about addressing the issue of obesity in our nation as well as the global front. We need to understand that WE have the power to change OUR health and fitness and ONLY WE can make the necessary changes to achieve these ends. I’m so tired of all the weight-loss gimmicks and tricks that are being peddled out there instead of “people” being real and honest about the fact that fitness and health require commitment, education (i.e. educating ourselves about our food sources ), access to quality healthcare, healthy foods (i.e. not processed and packaged junk marketed  as “quick and healthy”alternatives), and a full on conscious shift to change the way we think about health and our relationship to food.

I’ve done the whole #gymrat routine as well as the at home platform, and for me, the gym is both a distraction and ineffectual (at least for me ) when it comes to sticking to a fitness program or gaining lasting results. This is not to say that going to the gym is a waste of time; it’s not-but for me and anyone else out there who thrives in a social environment that is stripped of pump, fads, and the whole “personal trainer” phenomena  (*wink*), the gym is not where I get motivated.

My fitness journey took me outside of the artificial environment of the gym and where I had to make the conscious decision, plan, and course of action to change my way of thinking about fitness and health relative to on within the context of my daily life and personal goals! Ding, ding, an epiphany hits me  and I realize that this is what most people fail to see or grasp (and most gyms fail to communicate to potential clients); the fact that fitness is not a one time deal, destination or moment in time. The act of getting fit and healthy requires personal development (i.e. it’s not all about the outside), and a total lifestyle shift. The same responsibilities you fulfill in the course of meeting your daily obligations and commitments also exist if you want to be fit and healthy in all areas of your life.

No one ever said this was easy, ONLY that it is NECESSARY if you want to live a healthy and full life, the question you should be asking yourself tight now is, “WHY AM I still doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result?” I don’t know about you but I’m getting outside and engagaging with the nature, the world, and the universe around me, as I continue on my journey to fitness, health, and fulfilment! blessings on the journey!👣

Hmmm oh what a day…