Fitness is a practice.
At the gym, you learn and practice movement patterns in a controlled environment.
Squatting with a load.
Bending over to pick something up.
These movement patterns are often promoted as what you need to do in order to look awesome.
Or for bragging rights when we nail a monster lift.
They help out with that for sure.
Perhaps more importantly, though, learning to move in a controlled environment can help you not get hurt doing something simple in your day to day life.
Carrying a mattress while moving.
Reaching for a plate on a high shelf.
Picking up a kid or grandkid.
The same concept is applicable to meditation.
We set aside time to deliberately practice letting our thoughts “be” without eliciting a reaction so that we’re better equipped to do so throughout the rest of the day.
So that when life throws us curve balls, we’re equipped to choose how we respond, not react.
Again, this concept applies to eating well.
It starts at home.
We learn what foods we might want to eat to move towards our goals.
We practice finding them.
We practice preparing them.
We practice eating them.
We practice saying “no” or “not now” when necessary.
We do these things when we’re in control – at the grocery store, at home – so that we’re better able to do so when we’re not in control – traveling, eating out, attending events.
We learn, practice, and strengthen skills like movement, mindfulness, and eating in alignment with our goals in controlled environments like home and the gym so that we’re prepared to use them successfully in the uncontrolled environment of day to day life.
Practicing these skills is not always easy.
It’s not always fun.
It’s not always exciting.
But if they’re not used, they’re lost.
Make the time.
Put in the work.
You are worth that.
You deserve that.
You’ve got this.