If you’ve read any of my posts, you know I believe strongly in the passion for health and fitness, to positively improve your life and achieve success.
This past weekend I have been honored to spend time with my wife’s aunt who is in town competing in the Canadian Masters National Swimming Championship
The Story Behind This Post
The experience my family and I had this weekend prompted me to write this post.
While at the event, it has been fantastic to see the athletes compete, but the thing that impacted me most was the atmosphere of support, encouragement, and joy of competition the athletes exhibited.
Being a national championship, there were obviously some great swimmers competing, but you can find that at any sporting event.
The great things about this Masters competition were the massive range of ages and abilities, as well as the atmosphere.
These swimmers were here because they love their sport and were excited to compete. They didn’t have to be here.
They came at their own expense from all across the country, taking time away from work (for those who were still working) and family.
Every competitor had to be over 40, but there were many people in their 80’s and 90’s, with the oldest lady being 97 years old!
Now, the 97-year-old wasn’t very fast, but think about it… She is 97 and traveled on her own across the country to compete in a national swim meet.
She competed in multiple events over the three days and finished them all with great energy and enthusiasm. It was inspiring to witness.
The cool part is, she actually had multiple people competing in her age group!
My wife’s aunt is 68 years old, she has a very strong passion for health and fitness and is a “spring chicken” by comparison. She’s been still improving at that age, doing great in her events, and my kids were excited to see the medals she’s won.
She’s won gold medals and is a national champion in her age category (a surprisingly competitive age group).
Will Your Future Self Be This Passionate About Health and Fitness to Do Things Like This
I’m not suggesting that you need to be competing in national swimming competitions as a nonagenarian, but it’s important to prioritize your health and fitness throughout your life and continuously strive to improve, ultimately leading to success.
My point is for you to think about how you are setting yourself up for future success in terms of health and fitness. Will you be active, enjoying life, experiencing new adventures, socializing, and excited about your future? A passion for a happy and healthy life can help make this a reality.
One thing I enjoyed while spectating at the pool was hearing all of the young families in the stands cheering “GO GRANDMA!” Or “GREAT WORK GRANDPA!”. It was heartwarming to see the passion for health and fitness across generations.
With the negative slide in activity levels, health, wellness, and stress across the world, events like this show us a future that’s bright and worth living. Passion for health and fitness can help combat these negative trends and continuously improve our overall quality of life.
Pursuing Your Passion for Health and Fitness at Any Age
The small daily activities and habits we have sowed the seeds that grow into our future accomplishments. Make sure to prioritize your passion for health and fitness and keep improving to ensure a bright and fulfilling future.
Remember that what we do today directly impacts our future results positively or negatively!
Many people mistakenly believe that if they haven’t been (or aren’t) fit by a certain age, it’s too late. However, it’s never too late to start pursuing and improving your passions. My wife’s aunt didn’t swim for 45 years, but she decided to get back in the pool later in life and rediscovered her love for it.
She’s found a community of great people and is loving the experience of training, competition, and feeling better than she has in decades. The passion for health and fitness doesn’t have an age limit.
The most important part of the process is to simply decide that you want your future self to be healthier, happier, and more physically capable, and then take action to improve. When you have a passion for health and fitness, it opens the door to success in so many other areas of life.
Be Clear About Your Goals Regarding Your Health and Fitness
So, if you’ve been thinking about “losing a few pounds”, or “getting into shape”, I strongly encourage you to look closer at WHY you want these things. Is it simply to fit into your designer pair of jeans, or is there a bigger purpose?
Improving Your Health and Fitness Will Give You a Driving Passion to Achieve Your Goals
And create a better future for yourself, ultimately leading to success.
For me, my passion for health and fitness is driven by my desire to experience all kinds of fun adventures across the world with my wife, children, and future grandchildren.
I want to be a role model for them and be able to keep up with them as they grow up. I want to age with dignity, and grace, and navigate life on my own terms.
This passion for health and fitness is what motivates me to improve, stay active, keep pushing myself, and set new goals for myself. It’s important to take ownership of the things you DO have control over, including your mindset, habits, and daily actions that will determine your health, happiness, and fitness over the rest of your (hopefully long and vibrant) life.
How to Motivate Yourself for Health and Fitness
If you are struggling to motivate yourself to exercise, take a step back and take a deeper look at what’s important to you and what you want your future self to be like.
Having a passion for health and fitness is not just about looking good, but it’s about creating a better life for yourself and the people around you.
Remember that it’s never too late to start pursuing your passion for health and fitness, and if you need help or guidance, there are plenty of resources available to you.
Take control of your future, improve your health and fitness, and make it a passion that will bring you joy, fulfillment, and success for years to come.
If you are ready to take control of your future health and fitness, I would love to help. Just book your FREE Success Coaching Session to see what that future might look like for you.
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