Being Fit is a State of Mind

Have you ever wondered who has the responsibility for you being fit? Is it your parents, your doctor, your boss? Nope, you are responsible for whether or not you are fit. When we are kids we had little control over what foods appeared on the table. We did however control what we put into our mouths. Even as babies we spit out what we did not like, much to the chagrin of our parents.

As kids we loved to play and exercise came naturally to us as we ran outside, jumped rope or rode our bikes. We exercised because it was fun. As we age, exercise becomes more of a chore and our food choices are numerous many of them choices that are not healthy for us. We age and become more capable of making food and exercise choices on our own. The choices we make fit determine how fit we are. Did you ever stop and wonder how we make our choices?

Are we fit or unhealthy because of where we live, who are friends are, or where we work? Do we make poor choices because we believe commercials on TV or the radio? Our minds are a wonderful piece of machinery that influences the outcome of our lives. We make decisions everyday that have either a negative or positive impact on our life.

What kind of choices do you make that influence your state of fitness? Do you choose to eat a Big Mac at lunch versus a fruit salad and skinless chicken sandwich without the mayo? Do you choose to drink 3 or 4 cups of coffee instead of drinking any water?

What choices do you make when it comes to exercise? When entering the building do you head for the elevator or the stairs? Do you park near the entrance of a building or do you park far away so you have to walk to the entrance? Do you walk to the corner store or do you drive your car?

We make choices everyday that have an impact on our health, on whether or not we gain weight or lose it, and that influence our potential for heart disease, diabetes and other diseases.

Do you have the mindset for a healthy body, one that is fit, trim and fully functioning? Do you instead have a mindset that brings junk food and a sedentary lifestyle into your daily routine?

Being fit is a state of mind because how we think about nutrition and exercise influences what choices we make regarding the foods we eat and the types and amounts of exercise we get each day. Every day we have another chance to make healthy lifestyle choices concerning to smoke or not, to drink alcoholic beverages or not and to eat candy, high sugar and fat content foods or not. We choose to drink sodas and coffee or to drink water and milk.

We are influenced in our choices by what we see, hear and witness throughout our life. We were influenced in our eating habits and the foods we grew accustomed to by the foods and eating habits of our parents. Those habits can be replaced with other habits either healthier ones or ones that are unhealthy. Being fit is a choice we make and an action we take based on what our mind says is good or bad.

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