Do You Really Want to be Fit and Healthy?

So you want to be fit and healthy, but do you really?

The reason I ask this question is because most people think or say that they want to be fit and healthy but don’t do enough or anything about it.

For example, if you asked your family and friends if they want to be fit and healthy most of them are likely to say "Yes". Now look at what they are doing about it and you may find a completely different story.

So what about you…

Do you really want to be fit and healthy, or is just talk?

Is it just something that you think or talk about but don’t back up with enough action?

To help you appreciate whether you’re doing enough to get the health and fitness that you want, here are some questions to think about…

  1. How often do you exercise? Do you exercise twice a week when you can fit in? Or do you exercise 4 times a week, every single week?
  1. How hard do you exercise? Do you take it easy, do what’s comfortable, and just go through the motions? Or do you push yourself and try to get the best of your time?
  1. How much time do you commit to exercise? Do you commit the least time possible and cut your session short when you feel like it? Or do you exercise for as long as it takes to get the results you want?
  1. What type of exercise do you do? Do you concentrate mainly on exercises that give you the most benefits like running? Or do you waste time doing other exercises because they feel easier?
  1. How much do you eat? Do you eat as much as you want, anytime you want it? Or can you control how much you eat?
  1. What type of foods do you eat? Do you eat whatever you want because it tastes nice and you just can’t help it? Or do you make sure that you have a balanced and healthy diet?
  1. Are you prepared to improve both your diet and exercise? Or do you only want to focus on one area because you don’t want anything to change in the other area?
  1. How much do you learn about exercise? Do you spend little time reading or learning because it feels like hard work? Or do you learn as much as you can because it will help you get fitter and healthier and make a great difference to your life?
  1. Do you try to piece together free bits of information without spending a penny? Or do you invest in your health and fitness because you want the information that you need now and you want to get quicker and better results sooner?
  1. Do you fumble along while guessing and hoping that you’re doing the right things? Or do you save yourself wasted time and frustration by learning as much as you can from people that already have the answers?

By answering these questions you’ll find it easier to see whether you really are doing enough to get the health and fitness that you want. Plus you’ll find areas where you can improve which will help you get better results.

Your fitness and your physical and mental health are very important. They determine your quality of life, and that’s why I really believe that everyone would greatly benefit by improving in these areas.

The disappointing thing is that most people say that they want to be fit and healthy but they don’t live like it. In fact most people live in a way that guarantees the exact opposite.

A big reason why this happens is that people don’t want it enough. So they are not willing to put in the required time and effort to get what they want.

Therefore, they never get what they want and spend their lives dreaming about being fit and healthy rather than doing it. So they miss out on all the great benefits and end up living a lower quality life.

So ask yourself the question… "Do I want to be fit and healthy?"

Then take a look at what you’re doing about it, and if you’re not doing enough why not?


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4 Responses to Do You Really Want to be Fit and Healthy?

  1. Tina jackson says:

    James thank you for giving me a kick up the back side, I haven’t ran since July, and iv been telling myself every day that I will get back on track tomorrow but it dosnt happen, i so loved running even though I only only ever managed to do 6miles,but I really lived it,after reading your email I feel yeah it’s time to get going again,so im going to start again on Wednesday , thank you so much, keep up the good work, you have motivated me! Kind regards Tina.

    • James says:

      You’re very welcome Tina. I’m glad that you found my blog post useful and that it’s helped you get going with your running again.

      As you’ve found out, even when you enjoy running it can be hard to keep motivated and run consistently. I had the same problem when I first started running. Keep going though and hopefully you’ll find that it gets easier.

      It looks like you reached a good level of fitness in the past. I hope that you keep up your running and get back there again!

  2. Elise says:

    Hi James, When I was in my teens and early twenties I used to be a very good runner to the point of running competitions for my home town. Now twenty years later I still enjoy running but cannot get into it as before. I am three and a half stone heavier and very frustrated because I am not as good as I used to be because of my weight. I will run religiously for ten weeks but then do nothing for say six months. Can you help me get motivated and back into the sport I most enjoy whether it be in rain or shine.

    • James says:

      Hi Elise,

      There are quite a few motivation tips that you’ll find by looking back through my blog. There’s also Run Without Limits which is specially designed to help people become more motivated and therefore get much more out of their running.

      I hope that you can get into running and make it a big part of your life. I also hope that do well with losing weight and regaining much of your previous fitness. There’s no reason at all why you can’t do it!