Pushups, Hot Wings, and Hand Grenades
I've been wanting to write about this for a long time but couldn't quite figure out how to word it. Then I realized the key to writing this piece was in the title. I'll touch on that key in a just a little bit.
This piece was first written for my newsletter which I was a few days behind on. Needless to say it's been busy with family and a growing fitness business. Finding time to write was a challenge this particular week but then it came to me what I should write about.
Today I want to share with you one of my philosophies in fitness that's maybe a little off the cuff but still a valuable lesson to learn especially if your efforts to look move and feel better are stressing you out.
The idea of having the perfect diet or workout plan is being pushed everywhere I see in the media. "If you aren't doing it all right, then you suck" seems to me the hardcore message everyone is used to. I think taking in this advice if you aren't gearing up for a photo shoot, a high performance sporting event or a physique competition is sending the wrong message. Let me be blunt, you don't need to look for the perfect diet or workout program, you just need to look for the next step forward. Look for the process, look to get something done in a way that you enjoy it. Forget perfect!
A few years ago I came to the realization that I too was getting swept up in the perfect health message and found myself feeling stressed out and negative about my body, my eating, hell it was crushing my confidence too. Once I realized that I remembered that you only have one life to live and striving for perfection is honestly a dumb thing to be in pursuit of. So I created a philosophy for myself that allows me to enjoy progressing with my health and fitness goals while ditching the restrictive nature of seeking "perfection". I much rather do some pushups, go eat some hot wings once in a while and like a hand grenade be "close enough" to my target of what being healthy means to me. And you know what, it's worked out very well for me. I actually enjoy working out because I do the activities that I like to do like strength training and golf. When I go out for wings I am not ashamed, I'm not "cheating" on my diet, it IS PART OF MY DIET. I'm keeping a nice balance of somewhere in the 80% range and I'm happy with it because I can live a healthy life without restriction. I'm not perfect... but like a hand grenade the impact of what I do for my health is great even by being close enough.
- Robin Mungall NSCA CPT
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