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Keeping Up With Who?

Gym BagClarksville, TN – Yesterday I noticed a crazy phenomenon at the gym. The folks who are not in the best shape try really hard to keep up with the instructor and other folks who are in great shape. On the surface this is a great thing. The positive peer pressure motivates some to dig harder than they ever thought they could.

But, it can also be discouraging.

See, try as they might, the 45 year old housewife who has never worked out a day in her life will never be 21 again. The 39 year old dude with the beer belly will never be 18. Crunches  don’t turn back the clock.

Can those folks  lose weight and get in great shape? Absolutely!

However, the best they can ever be is the best version of themselves. I literally saw folks give up because they couldn’t do a routine exactly like  the instructor. Instead of adapting the exercise to fit their current level of fitness and shape, some just stopped moving altogether.

I’m convinced that by trying to keep up with the “super-fit”, they may actually doing more harm than good.

I believe that the best thing to do is pace yourself. Remember your goals. Don’t try to be someone that you are not. Try to be a better you, but don’t try to be a copy of someone else. It never works. Those principles not only apply to fitness, they also apply to just about every area of your life.

Who are you trying to keep up with?

Carlo Serrano
Carlo Serranohttp://www.twitter.com/CarloSerrano
Carlo Serrano is the Lead Pastor of Xtreme Christian Fellowship and the Host of 1400AM WJZM Radio’s The Spirit of Clarksville. He is a combat veteran of the U.S. Army who has served as a pastor in the Clarksville/Ft Campbell area since 2004. He completed his Pastoral Ministries studies through Global University, studied Human Services at Southeastern University, has a BA in Psychology from American Military University and is currently pursuing an MA in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University. Carlo is married and has two sons. He enjoys kickboxing, Army Combatives, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, reading, and hanging out with his family. He is also a fan(atic) of all things Apple and The Beatles and loves Tampa Bay Buccaneer and Tennessee Titan football.
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