The reality we all face is the idea that we all want to be ‘fit’, but many of us don’t have the time. Really, we use time as an excuse to pawn off our lack of ambition and willingness to put forth the effort to workout and improve ourselves.
I am extremely guilty of this. I could get up early and hit the gym, or I could make a much better effort to leave the office on time. The reality is that I do neither because I feel a lack of ambition, and a lack of hope.
I turned 35 years old this year. If you consider most people live to be about 70, this means I am exactly half way there, assuming no accidents. My prime, my peak, is behind me. Now I am looking down the barrel at the “lower” phase of my life where I am facing disease, breakdown, and eventually death. As I’ve been dealing with these thoughts since my birthday, it has been depressing me deeply.
As I look at it objectively, I know this isn’t true. When you look at many people in their late-30s and even well into their 40s they are in their “prime” more than I was at 25. Even people just a couple of years younger than I can be “sexiest man alive“. However, I also know that I need to make changes to my life if I am to improve my “fitness level”.
Really, it is more than just looks and being ‘in your prime’. It is also about making the most of those years I have left to live, and ensuring I have as many of them as possible. Will I even live to 70 or more of age if I don’t change my ways? Probably not.
I have to work my heart. I have to drop body fat. I need to build muscle to prep my body for middle age; I’d be better with a better baseline than “human pear”.
So what are the next steps? Well, as trite as it might seem, I must endeavor to “resolve” in 2013 to keep the resolution I made in 2012. This means using the last week of December to create a good workout baseline, and get myself back into the movement. Then, when 2013 hits I can hit the ground running. This is critical, as I am making up lost time… about 35 years or so, I suppose.
Philosophy comes from many places, including some of the seemingly most shallow places. As I think about the year to come, what I want to accomplish, and setting my goals, I think of the following:
Go and shake it up!
Whatcha gotta loose?
Go and make your luck with the life you choose,
If you want it all,
Lay it on the line.
It’s the only life ya got,
So ya gotta live it big time.