I get this kind of conversation all the time. It' starts with WOW, YOU LOOK GOOD, YOU STILL GOING TO THE GYM? The answer is YES, but I don't only go to the GYM, I'm active in my LIFE. I don't only workout in the gym, I do stuff like run out doors, walk, jump around at my other job, I don't like sitting still for hours at a time, I GOTTA DO THINGS. People are getting the wrong idea, that being healthy and fit is JUST WORKING OUT. It's not.
WELLNESS, HEALTHINESS & FITNESS, TRUE MEANING IS ABOUT LIVING, ~ I heard yesterday a wonderful reminder of simple physiology, WHEN A CELL IS NOT ACTIVE IT DIES, AND IF ONE CELL DON'T MOVE OR DO WHAT IT'S SUPPOSE TO DO, OTHER CELLS WILL ACTUALLY START TO MIMIC IT, AND THAT IS HOW ILLNESS BEGINS. That being the simple form of explaining life's many amazing secrets, really is the fore-barer of IF YOU DON'T STAY ACTIVE & MOVE, MIND, BODY AND SOUL,... SOONER OR LATER YOU DIE, FROM NOT DOING WHAT YOUR BODY IS MEANT TO DO. Our bodies are organisms that MUST keep in motion.
People have this idea in their heads that it's all about THE LOOK, since when health, fitness and wellness is all about what you can only see, TRUST ME, THAT CAN BE SUCH A MAJOR ILLUSION, FOR WHAT YOU SEE IS ONLY ON THE OUTSIDE, and when we let the illusion of fitness gets hold of us, we miss the whole reason to workout, take a walk, run, eat in balance, breathe, choose to not just live but THRIVE.
So, the answer for me, is I CHOOSE TO THRIVE, MY MOTIVATION IN DOING WHAT I DO IS MY LIFE, NOT A LOOK, A SIZE, A COMPETITION, OR A BODY FAT PERCENTAGE, It really doesn't matter to me if someone wants that, that's their choice, I have nothing against it. I just love FEELING ALIVE, and anyone who knows me,knows that it's taken a long time to get to being comfortable in my own skin, and BEING HEALTHY, not just looking healthy. IT'S A LIFE JOURNEY FOR ME... ITS NEVER ENDS, KIND OF LIKE WAKING UP AND HAVING TO BRUSH YOUR TEETH, you know you gotta do it, so you do. SAME THING.