It would be an understatement to say that Arthur Ashe, the first black male tennis player was quite an accomplished individual. There is a great quote of his that will be the underlying theme for this post…
“Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can”
Start where you are
- Start at your current fitness level.
- Be honest with yourself as to what you can actually do right now.
- Wherever you physically are, accept and appreciate that.
- If you are in a place of discomfort because of inactivity accept what you did to bring you to this moment & be empowered that you are doing something about it now.
- If you feel as if your quality of life and fitness level is good…what are you doing to ensure that it stays that way?
Use what you have
- Join a community! It could be… a gym, dance class, water aerobics class, or even an online group that holds each other accountable.
- How can you alter your sleep schedule to get 7-8 hours of sleep?
- How can you improve what you are eating or your portion sizes?
- What equipment do you have available at home?
- What exercise equipment can you get to use at home?
- Are you already a member of a gym but not using it? It is time to cash in on that investment or use that money in a better way to help your quality of life.
Do what you can
- Find a sustainable way to improve your quality of life. You can either make sacrifices or investments now…or be forced to do them later.
- Hire a personal trainer.
- Get a qualified nutritionist on your team so you are more educated that what you are putting in your body is good for you, specifically.
- Do you have a gym membership that you are not using? Cancel it and use that money in a way to improve your quality of life that you actually use!
- Obviously what you can do financially to invest in your health has to meet your budget. Recognize that investing in your health starting now can have positive benefits in the future…but not overnight.
- Avoid the instant gratification pitfalls. Better movement takes time and consistency!