Fitness. It’s a big thing to be fit and yet so many people don’t do even the minimum needed to maintain a level of fitness that allows them to continue living their lives at their current level of physical capability.
Why is that?
Studies place the reason for not engaging in even minimal physical fitness activities on a number of reasons.
1: Lack of time
2: Training is boring
3: Training at a gym is intimidating
4: Chronic Injuries
5: And many, many more.
Yet busy people, injured people, poor people, even people with any number of physical limitations engage in physical activities to help them maintain, or improve their level of fitness.
As a personal trainer and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt and coach I’ve heard it all and seen it all. I’ve seen people who seem to be super committed quit after a few weeks. And I’ve seen people with physical conditions that made it difficult for them to walk compete at high levels of jiu jitsu, sail around the world, dance, hike, and live a highly engaged physical life.
What is the difference? I think it is finding a reason to put up with the effort, time requirements, physical discomfort, and cost. The reasons may be reaching some far off goals, like getting a black belt in Jiu Jitsu or hiking the Great Wall of China.