By Peter San Nicolas
This is a two-way street. If you are a fitness believer, share it with those around you, and if you’re not and know someone who is, get in there are be a part of what they are doing.
Fitness and healthy living are a choice. We are not genetically inclined toward living healthy. In fact, I would say it is the complete opposite. We are inclined to always take the path of least resistance. Just as water flowing down hill naturally chooses the path and terrain that is easiest to traverse, so do we. For these aforementioned reasons, we MUST team up with others to succeed.
If you’re that fitness disciple, I’m not calling you out to be that obnoxious friend or family member who is making everyone go out of his or her way to accommodate your wheat, gluten, dairy, corn, peanut, or whatever that self-diagnosed allergy you think you have. Even worse is that person who can’t come to important family functions because they have to go to the gym or have a personal record to set in today’s WOD (workout of the day).
Let’s be human about things and share, and realize that people are in different positions along their journey. You can start by inviting someone to go for a walk, hike or bike ride, not today’s boot camp at the gym. There’s definitely a place for a good intense gym sesh (session), but let’s just get our loved ones moving with us.
The point is make the first step toward action and make it realistic for them even if you don’t even break a sweat or get a good workout yourself.
Those who are looking to start a program and know someone who’s into this fitness stuff, let them know you’re ready and get moving. My club and many clubs will let you try before you buy.
You can come in, try out the classes, meet with a coach, use all the equipment and group coaching sessions and even use all the hot water before you ever sign up. I’m pretty sure most facilities will let you do something along those lines as well. Ask that fitness person in your life to meet you for a hike on one of the many open space preserves that our community has. Gower, Barnett Ranch, Simon Preserve, the Grasslands are all beautiful trails that are great for the fitness novice or advanced trail runner.
Team up and get this fitness thing going. It truly is a matter of life and death, surviving and thriving, adding LIFE to those YEARS and very likely YEARS to that LIFE.
Good luck and check out www.ramonastrainer.com for articles, workouts, videos and how you can get started on your path to you, only better.
Peter San Nicolas is a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified fitness professional, Crossfit Level 1 trainer, Titleist Performance Institute Certified golf fitness professional and owner of Ramona Fitness Center.