Fitmark Ambassador Madison Bosurgi explains the grateful reasoning behind living a healthy lifestyle
One of the hottest films out right now in the theatres is “Silver Lining Playbook” and not only is it nominated for an Oscar, but was also the inspiration for this blog. Pat Solitano, played by Bradley Cooper, resorts to fitness, particularly running, as a means of mental therapy and self-soothing. After watching this moving film, I made a connection to this driven character in that he was using fitness for a particular reason. He wasn’t looking to compete, he wasn’t a fitness model, but he had a reason; and a good one at that!
So, I began to ask myself, “Why do I live this lifestyle? What is it about this I enjoy?” I couldn’t quite narrow my reasons down to just one until an early Sunday morning shopping spree through the local grocery store. As I approached the checkout stand, I noticed the clerk was severely handicapped, her body was so twisted that she struggled to stand up, and all of her necessities were brought down to her height of approximately 4’8. I thought about all the lifting and bagging she was doing and how long she was standing on her feet. By the end of the day, it is easy to assume she is worn out and probably very sore.
With this said, I have come to the conclusion that amongst all other reasons for living this fit lifestyle, the most important and logical reason for doing it is because I CAN! I bet on any given day that woman would LOVE to train the way most of us do and yet there are plenty of days when the average healthy person would not take advantage of this blessing for no other reason than the old saying, “out of sight, out of mind.” So, I challenge you today to ponder and reflect upon your reason for living the type of lifestyle you choose. Could you improve it? Have you taken it for granted? What drives you?
On a final note, realize everything can be taken away at any moment. My own father, physically fit and active day in and day out, was recently diagnosed with a tumor, just millimeters from his brain, and it is sitting on his balance, facial, and auditory nerve. Someone who once designed, built, and installed custom work in homes his entire life, is now struggling to just keep from being dizzy. He would give anything to just wake up in the early morning, head out to the next location, and work himself to exhaustion as he once did. Another old saying holds true, “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” The next time I want to quit or I feel weak after a long workout, I know exactly who and what I will think about; and maybe just then, my complaint will become an expression of thankfulness.
Fitmark Ambassador 2013