A Fit Geek’s Tips On Building Resiliency

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“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling,but in rising every time we fall.”  ― Nelson Mandela

Hey there fellow fit geeks! Thanks for stopping by!

Before I tell you this week’s tale, I wanted to thank you all for reading my Fit Geek’s Year In Review a couple of months ago. You all came in droves and made that entry the most popular one I’ve ever posted in my life! *APPLAUSE*

But now on with the show.

This time around, I wanted to talk to you about resiliency.

Resiliency is the ability to recover readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like. By introducing chaos, challenge, and failure into our lives, our bodies become better prepared to handle future, unknown challenges.

In short, we become stronger.

The concept of resiliency was foreign to me until I embarked on this little fit quest. I never thought that training my body would enable me to endure life’s little speed bumps and come out stronger than before. I kept surprising myself because how strong I thought I was and how strong I can be, were two completely different things.

In the past, I would stop mid-exercise because that degree of exertion was foreign to me. Through Chris always pushing me a little bit further, my body found out that it was capable of so much more. Through repetition, I’d become more resilient to the stress and then gradually increase the resistance to make my body, and my mind, stronger.

Now let’s talk about mental resiliency.

I’m no stranger to stress and anxiety but I’m proud to say I handle it a lot better than I used to. Back in the day, anxiety paralyzed me to a point of inaction. I would curl myself into a ball and just hope it would all pass over like a seasonal storm. I didn’t think I would ever get out of my funk until I started to moving forward again both mentally and physically. When I started to move, I was able to make things happen and remind myself how awesome life can be.

Life comes at you hard at times and sweeps you right off your feet. Whether it’s personal or professional stress, shit gets real and tosses you around like clothes in a dryer. However, I’m better prepared to handle what life throws at me now than ever before. Because I’m moving more, my body is better prepared to handle the physiological effects that stress and anxiety have on my body and that helps me sleep a lot sounder at night.

The Holidays are a busy time for everybody. I want to challenge you all to start moving or keep moving during this time of the year because life can get a little hectic and that stress can come out of nowhere. Whether it’s working out at an awesome HIIT class or just walking 10,000 steps, you will train your body to become more resilient and navigate life’s little curve balls.

Let’s all show ourselves how strong we really are. Who’s with me?!

Until next time fit geeks.

Live Long and Prosper,

Steve

 

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