As I was running the depths of the Grand Canyon in May, it occurred to me how perspective explains why individuals looking at the same reality can each perceive it differently.
I was descending from the North Rim, and it looked so different than when approached from the south. The same canyon, yet so different because I was seeing it from a different vantage point. It was my new reality based on a different perspective.
That experience made me reflect on how our journey to fitness, weight loss and healthy eating can be seen as either a very burdensome process full of obstacles or taken head-on with optimism, self-belief, self-respect, excitement and anticipation of the results. It all depends on us and our choice to see the given task from the positive point of view, which can make our journey that much easier.
Focus on fun
Instead of complaining about the cost of a gym membership or a personal training session, see them as the first step toward a major savings later in life.
Becoming fitter and stronger will help make you healthier and may translate to lower health-care related costs in the future. I'd rather spend my money and time on training today than on hospital bills down the road.
Moreover, look at it from the perspective of what you can do to become fitter and healthier without much of a financial investment: walk, jog, run, hike, bike or swim.
You can also do an unlimited number of body-weight exercises at home: jumping jacks, squats, lunges, planks and wall or floor push-ups.
You can participate in community classes or sign up for a personal training session to learn your way around the gym and get the most out of your membership.
It's the same with eating habits. Eighty percent of our fitness is made in the kitchen. In order to get fit, you decide to go for the dreaded D-word and go on a diet.
Those of you who read me regularly know I passionately hate the notion of any diet. It implies restriction and general unhappiness until the day we've had enough, give up on it and go back to the familiar pre-diet status quo of burritos and sodas.
However, if you choose to perceive eating as a process where you are building a stronger, healthier body for yourself, you'll have a much better chance at succeeding.
It all depends on your point of view. Choose to see what you have been perceiving as obstacles on your path to fitness and health as opportunities to become healthier.
It's a win-win!
Magdalena is the owner of Be Fit Fit Personal Training and Wellness Studio, www.befitfit.biz. Her blog can be read at www.verdenews.com.