Becoming a regular gym go-er has changed my life. Not in the traditional aesthetic sense which is represented by glutes of steel and endless amounts of attention, but real positive fundamental change. It’s sort of become an anchor, representing a measure of consistency, hard work, and something that money can’t buy (besides my membership price).
While I’m decently brilliant, I was never the best student. As an athlete I excelled at just half a cut above average, and as a human being, well, there were some obvious gaps that could be filled in. Working out has become a glue in my life, slowly filling in the missing pieces, and making me a better human.
Though I miss it when it’s gone and I enjoy the process, I definitely wouldn’t fall into an itching fit if I missed a day or even a week. In fact, I prefer to not work out. If there were a magic pill containing all of the benefits of exercise I would most likely take it. However, the pill would take away a few things that I value most — essential core values often found in kids and adults who have surpassed me in their personal development.
Learning to share your personal space
At the beginning of my journey, my selfishness showed, clinging to benches and platforms as if I’d invested my hard earnings in them myself. As time progressed, I learned the value of letting others into my private space. Though it’s often a place that I escape to, letting others into my space has opened up the possibilities of interactions that I wouldn’t have otherwise had in my adult life. Also developing the ability to recognize that your needs don’t trump the needs of another who is probably working towards a similar goal, is extremely valuable.
Better habits and time management, increased organization
This is perhaps the biggest change to my life and the one which gives me the most pride. Absolute boredom, disinterest, and bad habits caused me to not excel as a student.
Regardless of how you feel about something, you should probably try excelling at it if you’ll be paying for it for half of your life. If you still can’t seem to pull it together, then it’s your habits which are failing you. Habits tend to have transferable properties. My gym ethic transfers into my daily life on a regular basis and it makes me push past limits, tackle tasks with patience and reach an end goal, maintain organization, and designate time for the accomplishment of daily tasks. I truly wish I knew what it meant to do these things consistently when I was younger.
Dedication and motivation to stay healthy in your life
For most of us, fitness is optional. It shouldn’t be, but it is. I have reached a point where I recognize the value of pursuing good health aggressively. I don’t always make the healthiest choices, but the ultimate goal of health and longevity is always integrated into my choices in some way. Maybe I’m just a latently developed 20something, but I’m extremely proud when I get regular check ups and health screenings. I am 96 percent dedicated to living a long healthy life for the sake of myself and my family. That 4 percent is composed of the handmade Dominos pizza which speaks to my soul.
So much damn laundry. Organizing clothes in your gym bag. Gym clothes can’t touch the bed, socks go in the hamper, not recycled for tomorrow’s use just because they don’t smell terrible. Yes, fitness has taught me what my mom and girlfriend have struggled with for years! Only because if I didn’t learn those lessons I would be a walking, typing fungus.