I consistently hear from people about how many gyms there are in my area...I guess people think there are a lot of them. There are a few, I’ll give you that…but a LOT? Well that depends on how you look at it.
The reality is, other gyms are NOT my competition, so I don’t really spend a whole lot of time thinking about it. I know that seems surprising, but I don’t spend a whole lot of time, in fact none, worrying about what other gyms are doing. They are not my competition.
Studies show that less than 21% of people get the recommended amount of daily exercise. And let me tell you, the recommended amount is so low it’s laughable. At Zone we all wear MYZone Heart Rate monitors to give us feedback in class as to how hard we are working. After class we get an email report with a breakdown of our class. When you hit the governments recommended amount of exercise for the week you’ll get a congratulatory email to let you know you hit the mark. I usually get this on Tuesday! I teach a 30-mintue class on Monday, and then, when I do my workout on Tuesday, that will put me over the bar…that bar is low indeed. I’m not bragging, I’m making a point. The bar is low and yet, 21% of us are NOT hitting that mark.
And I don’t have to tell you about cancer rates, anxiety and depression on the incline, diabetes being out of control in adults, kids and even toddlers, and so on.
If you happen to live in the southern United States, there is a stark reality that needs to be addressed; We live in the most obese portion of the world.
If, and it is, the United States is the most obese country in the world, and the southern states are the most obese states in the U.S. then that means we live in a danger zone.
You know what that also means? If you are part of the 21% doing something about your health and fitness, you’re weird, you stand out. That means you’re going to be different at nights out with friends. You’re sweet Aunt Betty is probably going to try to stuff you with lasagna every time she sees you. Your friends are going to give you the side-eye when they eat unhealthy food in your presence and they will try to get you to come along. You’re going to have to fend off the office diabetes trap in the break room. You’re going to have different habits that make you look different, and not just physically. I have clients that really struggle with this. It’s not easy swimming against the tide. If you’re a fit-freak (even moderately, or on your way to being a fit-freak) in the southern states, you are going against the current. Keep going!
Like Dave Ramsey says: “You’ve got to live like no one else, so you can live like no one else.”
(That's not the only thing Dave taught me about fitness....check out this post)
So what is my competition?
Mindset. Yep! Mindset!
Note: We never HAVE time. We MAKE time.
All of this….this is my competition. The mindsets that pull at ALL OF US, myself included, are my competition. I don’t get a free pass, as some would think. I’ve been told I have no excuse for not working out. HA! Oh, I have them. But I also know this…I have NOTHING if I don’t have my health, so I make it a priority.
I saw a video on Facebook that hit home a few weeks ago…sort of went like this…
Imagine you made a million dollars…or a billion, doesn’t matter, the amount is a LOT. You decide you’re going to take your whole family on a month-long trip to Tahiti and stay at the most amazing place you could dream of. You have days on end to soak up the sun, read your favorite books and get a massage. As you’re lying on the massage table you start to get a sore throat. Guess what has your full attention now? Among all the beauty, sunshine, and relaxation you can’t get your mind off that sore throat. Your health has your attention. It always will.
Your health will always trump whatever else is going on in your life. You can work to get your child into the best schools or sports but if you’re not there to go do those things with your grandchildren, did you win?
Yes, in my part of the world this means you’ll have to work against the grain. You’ll have to be different. You’ll have to make a habit of evaluating your mindset and decide if you’re going to accept your own excuses. The 79% surrounding us will not hold us to the fire. They are part of the problem and misery loves company, right? So, don’t expect them to push you on. Find a tribe that holds you to the fire. Find a fit-family that will be the voice of reality and encouragement. Find a coach that will see this through with you, not let you accept average, and hold you accountable to what you say you want. Are you ready to be part of the solution? Are you ready to make your health a priority? Are you ready to be part of the 21%?
Jen Mulford is an entrepreneur, speaker, author and champion for personal freedom.