If you’re struggling to get fit or stay fit, you’re like many people!  Don’t beat yourself up too much!  Just make improvements…..

I was asked this question by a lady struggling to get fit:

“Mark, I have a question?  What do you struggle with? I think of you as this fitness god, but let’s know you better…. ya know.”

 Great question!  I’m definitely not a fitness god!  But I made a commitment to fitness years ago and that’s the key!  But, I had alot of help! Let me explain:

1) I grew up in sunny New Mexico so I played outside almost everyday. That leads to an active lifestyle of games, walking, running, etc. Fun exercise is the best exercise. Even today, I do exercises that I like (there are tons to choose from)!

2) I participated in organized sports from age 5 to age 21. Along with genetics, that’s how I shaped a lean, athletic body. From there, all I basically had to do was maintain what was built.

3) I didn’t own a car until I was 23 years old so I walked and biked alot. Again, this helps lead to an active lifestyle (OK, I bummed alot of car rides too)!

4) I grew up in a time when kids came home from school, did their homework (well some of the time anyway) and then went outside and played games til dark (now kids are on MySpace and FaceBook til dark). So, I kinda indirectly fell into the “fitness lifestyle.” Stated another way, I had alot of “social support” to help me stay fit. Social support is a leading indicator that you will stay on the fitness track!

The commitment to a fit lifestyle will lead to the body changes you want and give you lifetime health. I always tell people to commit to this lifestyle first and the health and “hot body” will follow!

Anyway, one of my weaknesses is sweets. I love sweets! I try to find replacements for them. So, instead of soda, I will drink water or unsweetened tea.  And candy!  Instead of eating a whole bag of M&Ms, I try to eat a few!  And, some days I just flat out cheat. If you make the commitment to fitness and hold to good nutrition about 90% of the time, you will be just fine.

Unlike some trainers, I stress health and commitment first because that’s really where the problem issues are!  The commitment to a fit lifestyle trumps all other fitness commitments and will help you to overcome the obstacles and failures along the way. A fitness god I am not—I am committed to fitness!

Its okay to struggle to get fit—just don’t quit and you’ll make it!

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Mark Dilworth, BA, PES
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Certified Nutrition Coach and Nutrition for Metabolic Health Specialist. Since 2006, I have helped thousands of clients and readers make lifestyle habit changes that helps you to achieve better long-term health, which includes body transformation and ideal body weight.
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6 thoughts on “Are You Struggling To Get Fit?

  1. I can appreciate you sharing your love of sweets. Sometimes I look at someone who is fit and think that life must be so easy for them, but in many cases they are struggling with diet and exercise just like I am. It is also true that if you falter on your diet or exercise regime, get back up and keep going right away.

  2. You wrote:
    Its okay to struggle to get fit—just don’t quit and you’ll make it!

    Thanks for saying this today! Getting back on track after easter when we were gone and out of routine for so long, made me so tired that it was hard to get back into it, thanks for the encouragement!

    1. Jennifer, you just get started again exercising….if you hit an obstacle again in the future, you just start again…that’s part of the commitment to fitness…thanks for the comment and visit!

  3. I love to read about other peoples feedbacks on fitness. From reading your blog it makes me grateful that my boys love to go outside and play. At times I get frustrated that they are so active but now I am glad because they are creating a fit lifestyle. I try to encourage it as much as possible because I know how important it is. Especially in the society we live in today where it is so easy for kids to be lazy. Thank you for your insight.

    1. Heidi, the fitness habits developed early in life will stay with your boys and they’ll pass it on to their children! Join them as much as you can! Thanks for the visit!

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