In my efforts to understand and help more and more people incorporate personal wellness and fitness into their lives, I reflected on my past experiences to help me remember how things used to be in terms of the lifestyle I lived in my younger days. Things weren't as complicated back then.
In our teenage and young adult years, many of us played some type of a sport with a passion. We were fit, regularly active, and our bodies’ metabolisms were at their prime. I remember the days when I could easily eat 2 super sized Double Quarter Pounders with cheese meals after soccer or basketball practice; or even down 5 or 6 Whopper Junior burgers from Burger King at 4am during late night outings. That lifestyle is long gone; priorities change as we grow.
We have a personal responsibility to be the best we can be in for ourselves, and those around us. As we get older, we have to face and accept the reality that our bodies change. It’s your responsibility to adjust your lifestyle and allow your body to keep up with it. Nowadays, things seem a lot more complicated than they need to be when it comes to living a balanced lifestyle, maintaining healthy habits, and keeping our bodies active. While such a subject may not be of matter to some, it's always good to be reminded of facts and possibilities as a food for thought.
It’s a known fact that too much of one thing or too little of another causes an unbalance, and sometimes a disturbance. As evolving beings, it helps to take a step back and reflect on areas to uplift ourselves as we grow out of the old ways, and into the new: We have a responsibility to find and maintain an equilibrium in our lifestyle to balance the harmony between our inner and outer selves. In my opinion, the way to get there is by truly defining your individuality and surround yourself with people sharing a similar sense of individuality.
According to Jim Rohn, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with”. Celestine Chua, dear writer of The Personal Excellence blog, reflected on it: “I believe the key underlying intent of Jim’s quote is who you spend time with influences the person you eventually become. Who you are with can elevate you as much as it can bring you down.” Reflect on this: How have the people closest to you really affected the person you’ve become? Deep down, is it really who you want to be? Has it been for the better or the worst so far?
In the end, the people closest to you are likely to have an influential impact on your lifestyle and persona; and that’s where one’s way of life truly matters: Living a balanced lifestyle isn’t always about dieting and exercising all the time. For me, it’s about believing in standards, living by them, and exerting positivity in all aspects of everyday life: Personal & Professional Goals, Successes, Hardships, Ethics, Family, Friends, Health & Wellness. Simplicity is often recognized as the essence of sophistication; and that’s just the way I live my life. It’s what I do.
What about you?