Do you know why Forrest Gump is one of the best movies I've ever seen? From where I'm sat I think it is because it is less about the acting and the actors and more about the substance of the movie, the overall message.
It is a great movie because it is a story about someone who, most people would right off, a person who is really the underdog... A story that resonates with so many because I'm sure at some point in life everyone has been the underdog, or felt like the underdog.
Forest never waited on the approval of others to do things in the movie, he just did them. He didn’t seem to have any self doubt, just the ability to set his mind on something and progress from there. That’s why the movie was fantastic because deep down we all want to do amazing things and we talk ourselves out of them, we let our minds get in the way.
"I want to lose weight and tone up, but the gym is expensive."
"I want to run a marathon but my fitness levels are too poor.”
“I want to workout, and get healthy, quit the booze and quit smoking, but life is short and you’ve gotta enjoy yourself right?"
Last week I had the privilege of sitting all day on Wednesday at VA Live - an exclusive event for trainers that work at Virgin Active - we came together to learn, share and be a part of something bigger than just our individual clubs. A huge bonus was that we got to rub shoulders with the best in the industry, people who have been at the receiving end of some tough times when it comes to life stories, set backs and building businesses from the ground up.
If you have some time look into the speakers that we heard from, they might just add to your motivation for today.
Each speaker mentioned things that I have been reading about for a while and been trying to share in one form or another through this blog. They also spoke about the development of positive mental approaches to exercise; understanding why we need to move and making it enjoyable. I experienced a lot of that myself during my weight loss, finding training that I enjoyed doing made the a huge difference in forming my healthy habits.
The best part of the day was when a question was asked by a trainer to the panel of speakers. Here’s it is:
“What advice would you give someone who says they are too busy to get a workout in?"
Peter Twist picked up the microphone and said (a version of ) the following:
"Everyone is busy, 7 billion people on this planet and we are all busy with our lives. There are kids busy dodging bullets to get to school, people busy walking to find safe water to drink each day and then there is the rest of us, busy checking Facebook and eating too much to become healthier!"
Let that sink in for a minute...
Is it harsh? No, it is just honest. I made so many excuses about my lack of exercise when I was overweight, one of my worst excuses in my head was:
“It’s not worth training until I quit smoking, exercise will be harder because I need to breathe, I’ll start training when I quit smoking.."
How lame is that!!?? We are starting to get to a stage in the world where obesity, diabetes and heart disease are becoming so common place they are being used as excuses of their own!
This can all change with a simple decision to get up and get moving, walking, running, swimming and learn, learning about exercise and nutrition so that future generations can benefit from our knowledge.
I’ll round off this post with the definition of the word excuse:
Don’t lessen the blame of your inactivity, if you have the ability to move then you can take control of your life and feel awesome for doing it. There is nothing quite like the satisfaction of getting the blood pumping and actually achieving something that you have been procrastinating over for a long time. Trust me, I know first hand.
If you are already working hard at re-gaining your health or maintaining then this post should resonate with you and maybe it can help someone you know.
Don’t wait for tomorrow to get results, start today!
Have a great week ahead.
Stay Strong and Keep Moving!
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Brendan is the owner and head trainer at Raw Motion Fitness.