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Why mental health is the key to your fitness goals.

The hardest part of reaching a fitness goal is the amount of time and the mental state of mind I have to be in to stay consistent. A big part of what I do as a personal trainer/fitness coach is helping my clients stay accountable. Most of the time goals take years to reach. Then once you've reached your goal, maintaining what you've accomplished is another challenge of its own. I truly believe in order to reach any fitness goal or just any goal in life, mental health is the key to that success.

Everything we do is relative to our life and our happiness. Putting gas in your car for example. Then you drive to work, so you can make money, you save some of that to go on vacation to have fun and enjoy what life have to offer you. All made possible in part with just putting gas in your car. Training is for your body, as gas is for your car.

In my younger years, I used to want to get "big." That all changed when I didn't enjoy what I was doing. I completely stopped training. The gym was an afterthought. It felt like a chore more than anything. I still feel that from time to time. How I overcome those feelings was realizing how staying strong and limber makes it possible for me to do the things I enjoy in life. I love adventures, it's hard for me to say no, even if the adventure we're going on may end in catastrophic results like scheduling a premature meeting with God. What makes me say yes all the time is because I feel I'm in control of my body and that I'm capable. This is when it all shifted for me. I realized just how important my physical health is to my mental health. That's my main driving force to stay consistent in my training. It's been almost 15 years of consistency and I don't see it stopping anytime soon. Focusing on my mental health also helped me branch out into different areas of wellness I wasn't interested in before like yoga and running which the latter, I do not like. Do not. I overcome the monotony by telling myself having a strong heart is important if I want to go on a backpacking trip in the lush forest of South America, or just a hike on a nearby trail without feeling exhausted within the first mile. Being outdoors in the wild brings me a sense of peace and tranquility. I want to be able to do that until I'm physically not able to. My physical capabilities is something I have a good amount of control in.

I know my fitness goals will change with time and it should. I'm learning rock climbing at this moment which is something I never expected that I'd pick up. My training has shifted towards helping me be an efficient climber meaning I'm putting more of an emphasis on my lower body strength, core strength, back and grip strength. In years time, it'll change again, so will my training. All of this is driven by the joy that activity brings to my life. I see training as a tool to help me enjoy that activity to the fullest of my capabilities.

So when you set a fitness goal for yourself, also ask yourself why is this goal important and how it's going to make your life better.

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