The Definition of Addiction is:
-The condition of being devoted to, dedication to, obsession with, infatuation with, passion for, love of, mania for, enslavement to, a particular thing or activity.
Gifts of Fitness
There are so many benefits to being involved in some kind of fitness activity.
- Relieve stress
- Gain physical strength
- Gain mental strength
- Gain confidence
- Promotes a positive lifestyle
- Create your ideal image
Find something that you like or you been interested in trying and let it consume you. This can allow you to forget about your worries and help you release the stress you have.
Being addicted to fitness can have a healthy and positive impact on your life. Especially, If you are training for a competition or have goals that require your full attention.
Anything is possible when you give your all to something you’re passionate about.
Having an addictive personality can work in your favor to assist you in staying focused and putting in the effort needed to succeed.
If you can find something you enjoy and that you can progressively make progress in towards achieving a goal(s) that you have set, you will find that the negative things in your life that are holding you back will become more transparent and you can weed them out.
- Are you getting enough sleep?
- Is your nutrition on point?
- Get rid of the negative people in your life!
To be able to make power moves in your life on your own terms is a wonderful feeling.
When you are dedicated to something fitness related, you have to really reflect on your life and make positive changes if you want to make progress and accomplish goals.
There are many fitness activities that will build you up physically, mentally, and create personal growth through discipline and also help you build healthy relationships with like-minded people.
Maybe you want to try:
- Olympic weightlifting
- Run a marathon
- Martial Arts
Any of these activities will allow you to thrive if your devoted and obsessed with it… as a side effect you will most likely end up improving all areas of your life to get the most out of your effort.
I’m not saying that you can’t have a life outside of your fitness world, you should just be in a place where you are mentally strong enough to make good choices without disrupting your positive progress!
I grew up in a loving household with both parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles that provided every opportunity possible for me to be successful.
I went to a good private Catholic school and was raised with strong family values and morals.
I was involved in many sports: hockey, baseball, football from elementary to junior high. I did well and loved playing sports.
But, I was a hard-headed kid that was trying to be something I wasn’t. I really had no reasonable excuse for the many bad choices I made.
Again, I was just a dumb, selfish kid that had screwed-up priorities and took people for granted, including my younger brother.
When I was going into junior high school(12 years old), I lost my younger brother(6 years old) in an accident.
You see, my mother made me take my younger brother with me to go to a friends house, and she told me not to go to the place I selfishly wanted to go, but I went anyways and my brother ran out in the street and got hit by a car.
Yes, I do blame myself for this and at times it still really gets to me. Looking back it hurts to think that if I would have listened to my mother he could still be here with us today.
After this, I just didn’t care about anything anymore, but not to say this caused me to make bad choices it just was hard to live with.
So, I started drinking a lot, smoking weed, staying out for days worrying my family, and getting into all kinds of trouble.
I completely gave up on sports, made bad decisions that got me locked up in the juvenile correctional system for almost 2 years, and I deserved it. I hurt many people, including the people I love the most by my actions. I am truly sorry!
As I got older I abused alcohol and weed to help me forget about my faults and the bad I have become, I continued to make foolish choices getting several DWI’s; besides all the other trouble I got into and was walking a fine line of going to prison for a long time.
Eventually, I began to feel like I couldn’t enjoy anything unless I was high or drunk and I realized there is no future in this kind of lifestyle.
Life is too short; there is more to life than doing drugs and running from my mistakes and regrets.
So, by the grace of God I was able to get a handle on things; toughen up, and change my way of thinking or I knew I would continue self-destructing.
When my brother died, I tried counseling and it never really worked for me, so instead of going to a treatment program or more counseling I did an alternative to drug treatment/ counseling and became addicted to working out.
First, I need to say that I would not have been able to get my life together if it wasn’t for The Lord God guiding me; helping me to forgive myself, giving me the strength to fight temptation, and blessing me with my supportive family.
I got refocused by getting rid of the negativity in my life and put my energy into more positive outlets.
I want to be a great man, son, husband, and father for my kids and lead by example. This also, helps keep me in check.
Around this time in my life(mid 20’s)I realized I had an addictive personality because when I started doing Muay Thai(Thai boxing), I became addicted to everything from the sport, to the culture, food, etc. and this really helped me focus and stay out of trouble.
Now that I think back when I was in elementary school I would watch videos on whatever sport I was playing and study every play and move; practicing daily to improve.
I guess I was born with a gift and a curse, but I learned how to use it to my advantage and so can you!
Currently, I’m very addicted to powerlifting and I plan to compete at some point. I feel like powerlifting has completely taken me to a whole new level in life.
It requires me to keep track of all aspects of my life, so I can gain strength optimally. If something is off; I’m not sleeping well, or eating enough, I know I will not make progress like I could if I had my priorities in line.
Doing something fitness related where you can measure your progress helps to keep you dedicated to your goals.
I took my addictive ways and put it to use on something I love to do!
The Curse of Fitness Addiction?
To me, there is no real downside to being addicted with fitness.
Maybe if you don’t take time for family or develop an eating disorder, use performance enhancing drugs to the max without a doctor’s supervision, but if you really are addicted you are dedicated to whatever it is you’re doing. You are trying to better yourself and become a stronger version of who you used to be.
Sometimes, it can become a cycle where I feel like I’m never satisfied, once I achieve a goal I want to set and accomplish new goals, but is that a bad thing?
Being addicted to fitness, setting goals and giving everything you got to achieve something important is awesome!
Isn’t that better than being addicted to drugs, gambling, sex, etc.
If you can improve your physical and mental health through fitness and use what was once considered a negative trait and make addiction a positive characteristic that drives you to be a better person, then you are going to see growth and progress in your life the same way I have.
Another thing to mention is that you don’t want to become one tracked minded and forget about all the other great things going on in your life:
- Charity(helping others)
It is important to be able to do other positive things outside of just your fitness activities.
Some people say you need to live a balanced life and maybe for some people that works, but for me I focus on my goals and put quality time into those other important areas of my life when it’s required and because I want to.
It’s about structure and prioritizing your day, week, month, and year, so you can give your best to what matters at the time.
Most importantly, is to have fun and do something you enjoy, not what someone else tells you to do.
If you do something you hate, you will burn out and fall back to old negative behaviors.
Surround yourself with positive people and get rid of the negative people in your life bringing you down or distracting you from achieving greatness!
Make a Plan!
“If you don’t have a plan then you plan to fail!”
Structure is the key to making your fitness addiction work wonders in your life. Start doing something instead of just thinking about it. Set realistic goals; short-term, long-term. Give your all to what your passionate about and you will reap the rewards of your efforts.
My fitness addiction has not only helped me to build my body, but I have been able to carry over that discipline, dedication, passion, obsession, into creating an interest in helping motivate others to become all they can be!
Anything you really want in life takes time!
Don’t rush, enjoy the journey, there are always faster or easier ways to do things, but it’s about finding the right way for you to make your dreams become realities!
Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.-Les Brown
Some of us go through life feeling lost with no direction and feel alone, but your not alone because The Lord God is with us always!
If you are looking for true salvation, repent for your sins, put your faith in Jesus Christ and believe that He died for our sins that we may go to heaven through His sacrifice.
“For by grace have ye been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not of works, that no man should glory.”-Ephesians 2:8-9
” ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’-Matthew 6:9-13
All Glory to God- Amen