Quote Of The Week – 37 – 2016

What Is Fitness About?

“You don’t have to be great to start. But you have to start to be great.” — Zig Ziglar

What It Means For Me

Before we start to mention why fitness is more than just doing your workout, let’s have a look at the definition of physical fitness in the dictionary :

Physical fitness a state of physiologic well being that is achieved through a combination of good diet, regular physical exercise, and other practices that promote good health.

So if you want to achieve your fitness goals you have to take care not only of the workouts, but also of your diet and your mental state. Improving one aspect has an effect on the other ones as well. Therefore, it is important to do a comprehensive approach to live a holistic lifestyle.

The best thing to do so is to start with one thing at a time. This will make it much easier for you to achieve your health goals (What is health about?). Once you have made it part of your daily routine, you can approach your next issue.

Understanding your fitness goals

Each one of us may have a slightly different definition of what fitness means to him or her. This can include a wide variety of abilities like aerobic or muscular endurance, strength, speed, power and flexibility.

Depending on where you are in life and where you want to be you may find your own definition. Therefore, try to answer this question before you start:

What do you want to achieve with your training?

In order to help you to answer this question, I have some considerations for you:

  • Don’t just think about changing the physical appearance of your body, think also about the mental aspect. Without having a clear goal, you won’t be able to succeed.
  • Fitness is not about being someone else but it is about being better than you used to be. Therefore, don’t just compare yourself to others. Accept yourself the way you are.
  • If you have always problems to lose weight, you should consider changing your habits and belief systems with hypnosis. That is what helped me along my journey many times before. Many of us underestimate the power our subconscious mind has on us. This way you can easily overcome procrastination, being an expert in finding excuses, and all sorts of other “reasons” why you cannot start and succeed.
  • Realize that it is not about having time, it is about making time
  • If it is important, you will find a way, if not you will find an excuse. Make sure to communicate to your partner, family, and friends that you take this seriously. They may be surprised at first, but at the end they will respect your decision if they truly care about you. Stick to your training schedule, and don’t get distracted by all sorts of “better things to do”
  • Make excuses or make changes, the choice is yours.
  • Set realistic goals that are achievable for you. After achieving your goal it is time for a little reward. Then set a new more demanding goal and move ahead.

As you can see, for getting into a state of physical fitness you need to change your perspective, your habits, and your lifestyle. You are responsible for your current life situation and only you have the power to change that, if you want to.

Therefore, fitness is not just about getting that six-pack or running your first marathon. All of this is great but there is another important aspect to it. Let’s ask Zig Ziglar again and see what he can teach us:

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”

You see that the person you become in achieving your fitness goals is much more important than that single result of your efforts.

So fitness is much more than just the physical part of the exercises.

In my opinion fitness is also about:

  • Setting goals, making decisions, and sticking to them.
  • Personal commitment to your goals. How much time and money are you willing to invest in achieving your goals?
  • Surpassing yourself and seeing obstacles as opportunities for growth.
  • Getting out of your comfort zone: By doing regular training you will redefine your comfort zone, and thus, require much less willpower to do it.
  • Working for your success and happiness. You are taking responsibility for your life and the results you are striving for.
  • Being proactive. You understand that you have to first act to get a reaction and that you have to train first to see results.
  • Making time in your life for what is important to you. One hour is about 4% of the time per day that you have. So instead of complaining about having no time, use your time and energy more wisely and just start.
  • Meeting kindred spirits and working together towards a common goal.
  • Inspiring others by sharing your results and your transformation with others. You can be an inspiration for so many people out there.
  • Being in the NOW or the present moment. When you exercise your focus shifts towards the present moment which can make you feel more happy. You stop thinking and worrying for a while about unnecessary things.
  • Worshiping your body and sharpening your awareness. You treat your body and understand better what you need. You understand that in a healthy body lives a healthy soul. This applies also to the nutritional aspect of fitness.
  • Applying your motivation and commitment to other areas of your life. This will guarantee you unlimited success.
  • Having fun. After all you shouldn’t see it as a chore to do your workout.

So how can you get started?

  1. Sign up for a fitness app or program of your choice. I recommend Freeletics, it is free to join. Read my full review here. I will add more fitness programs in the health shop very soon. Pick your preferred program and start today!
  2. Make it part of your daily routine. Try out what you like the most and stick to it.
  3. Record your progress. Start to make videos or photos of yourself. This can motivate you and others to keep going
  4. Share your story! With your own YouTube Channel or website (get your free domain) you can inspire others. This will get you even more motivated and boost your confidence and results. You are not alone.


Start your holistic life transformation. Change you life today and become your greatest version!

Who Said It

Hilary Hinton “Zig” Ziglar (1926 – 2012) was was an American author, salesman, and motivational speaker. He wrote many interesting books about personal growth, leadership, sales, faith, family and success.

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