The last week marked the halfway point of the year. I remember my time as a defensive end as a RHS Bulldog two quarters down and two to go. We’d head to the locker room and coach would give us a halftime talking to in hopes of inspiring some fourth quarter heroics and team play. He would speak of where we were lacking and remind us to get back to fundamentals of the game.
Now is the time for you to stop and take an inventory of the current status of your life. What areas should you take a look at? Start with these 5 Fundamentals of Life: your heart, soul, mind, strength, and nutrition.
Let’s start with the heart. Are you loving your family, friends, and those around you. What does that look like? It looks like loving them like you love yourself. You put their needs before yours. Stop now and drop them a nice email, text or make a phone call and let them know how much you appreciate them.
The soul. In our modern age many would say there is nothing beyond the physical. I would disagree, and say there is a strong metaphysical, or beyond physical presence in our lives. We need to nourish our soul or spirit. When things are out of balance and I’m not spending time in the scripture all else is slightly off kilter. It’s time to recalibrate and seek true north.
How must you improve your mind? Seek out good books, music, thought-provoking conversation. Educate yourself in an area that interests you, be it philosophy, art, design, or computers. Enroll in an online class or attend a night class. Do something to expand your thinking.
How’s your fitness level at this halfway point through the year? If you’re like most people you made or thought of making some New Year’s resolution back in January. Now is the time to rekindle that New Year’s motivation. Get back to the gym, call up that walking buddy, or get back on that bike. Get moving again and don’t delay.
If left to our own we’ll tend to eat what is easy and convenient for us. If we fail to plan our eating we are planning to fail at eating the way we know we should. Take some time to evaluate those habits and make a conscious effort and clean them up.
It’s halftime and time to remember these 5 Fundamentals of Life—Ready, Break—Now get back out there and don’t let up, team!
Peter San Nicolas, owner of Ramona Fitness Center, is a National Academy of Sports Medicine fitness professional, Titliest Performance Institute golf fitness professional, and Crossfit Level 1 trainer.