Fitness: An Intoxicating Experience
Fitness is one of the most intoxicating forms of self-expression. Most people, however, will never know this because of all the seeming hard work associated with it. If I say it’s intoxicating, then why does society believe that fitness requires superhuman strength and willpower to get started and keep going? Why do people, who have no biological inability to shed of the pounds, find themselves stuck in this predicament?
I believe it has less to do with a person’s mentality and more to do with how society has positioned our discussion about fitness. We hear words like dedication, consistency, and strong mental power thrown around. Additionally, fitness coaches make it seem like only the strongest in society will be able to overcome these hurdles. Fitness has nothing to do with those characteristics nor does one need to possess a superhuman level of mental acumen to lead a healthy life.
My experience with working out has taught me that all one needs is a foot in the right door. One needs to be introduced or eased into this lifestyle. They don’t need to hear commands from fitness experts demanding to pull out the willpower from them at any means necessary. I introduced myself to fitness. I learned my bodies strengths and weaknesses. I pushed myself. I learned my limits. I managed to lose the accumulated weight from middle school without ever going to a gym. The first time I actually worked out in a real gym was my freshman year of university. It was during senior year that I brought in a personal trainer and with my built up work ethic, was able to produce the results they sought to bring out of me.
For me, fitness is intoxicating because it puts us at the loci of control. I decided how I wanted to work out, the duration and the location. As I eased myself into lengthier and more physically demanding exercise routines, I saw my willpower grow. The maturity of my desire to become fit allowed me to later contact personal trainers. They were able to motivate me and truly bring out my superhuman strength.