Getting in Shape to Live Life to the Fullest

Vacation is for relaxing and recovering, right? Vacation is supposed to be lying down on a lounge chair on the beach basking in the sun, right? If that would have happened this past week, I would have been in-shape to succeed!IMG_6577

Last week, however, I was vacationing with my family in Washington D.C. I have to admit that the trip was non- stop walking everyday, all day,  for the entire week. Seeing all of the sights of our nation’s capital city meant walking miles and miles. In fact, after walking countless miles around the National Mall, I realized that it takes being in good shape to really enjoy sightseeing in D.C. If you are not fit and visit Washington D.C., you will not be able to see everything that you wish to because you will not be physically able to do so.

So, here’s my point, in order to enjoy life to the fullest one must bfit.

It really is time for people (myself included) to start showing up in life! There are so many things in this world that require you to be in good physical health in order to enjoy.

Imagine a trip to the Grand Canyon but you aren’t fit enough to hike down into the canyon and see the view from the bottom up? Or, that white water rafting trip down the Colorado River just didn’t happen because you are not in shape. What if you were given the opportunity to backpack around Europe for a summer? Would you be up for it? Are you fit?

IMG_6578All these opportunities will be lost for you, and possible me, because of such a trivial reason, something you and I really have control over – being fit.

These are certainly big opportunity events, but what about the everyday opportunities that we pass up because we are not fit? Instead of going and playing a game of tennis with a friend,  you decide to stay home and play video games or watch TV because you are “tired”. Or, instead of spending some time with your dog by taking her for a walk, you decide to take a nap. Over time, these little opportunities add-up. Perhaps your dog doesn’t wag her tail when she sees you, or your friend just starts calling someone else to go play tennis. These little joys of life are now gone because you chose to not be fit.

So, I am trying a new thing with my life, I am going to try and take every opportunity I have to be fit or bfit. If someone calls and asks if I want to play some basketball for an hour, I’ll go. If my mom tells me to take the dog on a walk, I’ll go. If I have an hour to do something, instead of watching TV or playing videogames, I will go for a walk or hike. If someone asks me to do something active, I’m there!

Here’s my challenge to you – try and do one thing a day that gets you closer to being a more fit person. I want you, and me, to be able to take advantage of the opportunities in life to experience things and make memories. Don’t let life slip through your hands because you are not fit enough to try new adventures, explore new cities, tackle rapids, or hike a mountain.  

Written by Robert Raleigh, Bfitteens Teens Blogger