Have you ever seen one of those old baby toys(example pictured above) that is usually a box shape with different cut out shapes and the child is supposed to fit each particular shape into the holes that are fitting for them? This is a wonderful metaphor for anyone who plans to embark on a journey towards a healthy and active lifestyle. No matter ho hard you try, you simply cannot fit a square peg into a triangular hole, right?
Let me elaborate on this. Let’s take a stay at home mom of three children, whose husband works full time and compare them to a twenty-something single female who has a full time job and no children. For the mom of three, working out three times a week and making healthier meals when preparing food for the family may be rocking it! For the single female, hitting the gym 6 times a week, meal prepping in advance, and pouring into their performance in a particular style of workouts or sport may be rocking it. One is not better than the other, it is just that everyone is unique and different, and leads different lives, and none of our journeys will be the same.
Perhaps you know that resistance training is optimal for yielding results, but you just do not enjoy it and you find yourself skipping workouts because of that. For you, you are the square peg, and resistance training is the triangular hole. If it isn’t fitting for you, find something that you will fit better into! Whatever you can and will stick with is better than not being consistent with something else, and trying to fit a mold that just doesn’t work for you.
At the end of the day, to lead a healthy and active lifestyle, it must be enjoyable, and you must find your fit. Healthy looks different from person to person, and that is OKAY!