The Eight F’s of Fitness

There are two times during the year (fall and spring) that I like to take an inventory of eight all-important areas of your life and do what I call “The 8 F’s of FITNESS.”

Ultimately anytime is a good time to do “The 8 F’s.” Fitness isn’t just about physical health.  Fitness is about holistic health. That is body, mind, and spirit. Take out a pen and paper and write down three things you can do to improve these critical areas.

Faith — What areas can you do better in your faith? Start with a daily devotional. Not a person of faith? Do this for me anyway. Stop, and in the quiet of your heart ask to become a person of faith. Step out and don’t make yourself the end all be all authority for you. Search for yourself, visit a local church and be open.

Family — Start a game or movie night with the family, go out on a date minimum once per month. Take your spouse out to lunch or show up at your child’s school for lunch. Start camping with the family.

Fitness — Do one thing this year to be healthier. Make a better bad choice, pass on the burger and get a fried chicken sandwich. You’ll save 300 calories, and it’s a start. Go for a walk twice a week. Join a gym. I know a great one.

Finances — Do you spend what you make or more? Put a little away, and forego instant gratification.

Friends — Do you have friends who build you up or tear you down? Jim Rohn, motivational speaker, states, “You are the the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” How are you doing in that arena of your life? It sounds harsh, but “You can’t fly with eagles when you hangout with turkeys.”

Function — Work and Career. How much do you love your job? Be thankful you have work right now, but if you can’t stand your job, make an exit strategy to do something you are really passionate about. Go back to night or online school to make this happen.

Fun — You must have an element of adventure or fun in your life. Take up a team sport, join a club, golf, craft, or do whatever it is you love.

Future Legacy — What will you be remembered for? What family traditions and values are you instilling in your kids and those around you? What will the dash between the years on your headstone stand for? Your legacy starts now, not after you leave this earth.

If you want to do this as an interactive exercise, visit Let’s make this a time that we take a strong look at the 8 Forms of Health (The 8 F’s) and resolve to stretch ourselves and make a commitment to be 1 percent better every day!

Peter San Nicolas is available for personal training, corporate speaking and boot camps, weight loss challenges and motivational business lunch and lectures, call 760-789-3500.

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Posted by Karen Brainard on Nov 28 2012. Filed under Columnists, Columns, Ramona's Trainer. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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