We all have interests in our lives and fitness isn’t always one of them. Learn how to use your curiosity to boost interest in your health.
The first few weeks of a new workout program can be exciting. We are motivated to create changes and excited to try new methods of working out and dieting. Then the excitement wanes, and we start to feel less motivated as our enthusiasm dips. We remember that slow and steady wins the race, which is tough because slow and steady can be boring. When we hit plateaus, we can look to our other interests and curiosities to add a spark to our training regiments.
We can learn to allow our curiosities and interests to drive our lives. Yes, we need to have jobs to pay our bills and be adults. Some of us are lucky enough to have positions that coincide with our interests outside of work, and some of us just have jobs that we do. Either way, when we do find things that spark our curiosity, we can use them as bridges to find success in other parts of our lives.
When we find something that interests us, it draws our attention. It gives us a vehicle to explore the world and to explore ourselves. Given enough time we can become proficient with our interests whether it be crocheting or hunting or martial arts. We become masters at what we know when we learn to put our energy and attention into those things.
Chances are, you already have pursued some of your interests. You already do things that make you feel whole. There is an aspect of your life that you claim as yours and you do because you want to. Maybe it’s snowboarding, or cooking, or writing, or stand up comedy, or growing plants.
When we find what piques our interests, we strive to be better. Not because we want to be the best in the world. Maybe, some of us do, and that’s okay, too. We want to be better because we enjoy the activity. And we also appreciate the improvement. And when we can improve on the things we love to do, we feel a sense of accomplishment. One much different from just getting through the work week.
At a certain point, we begin to understand how we learn. And a lot of what we learn just starts by something catching our eye and drawing our attention. We can use the things that spark our interests as a bridge into other disciplines like health and fitness.
Say, you like to cook, but you don’t like to work out. Great. Don’t make working out your main focus. Make cooking your focus. Healthy food choices often have a reputation for being bland and tasteless. There are hundreds if not thousands of bloggers and cooks and authors who have taken up the task of making healthy food taste good. So can you. Use your creative juices to figure out ways to combine tastes and healthy foods to make your own concoctions.
Chances are all this attention will bleed over into other aspects of your health. You will have paid so much attention to eating well that your body will begin to change. Seeing these changes can give you a better chance to continue your fitness journey. At that point, you might become more interested in the exercise aspect of the process.
“But, Chris, I don’t have any interests. All I do is Netflix and chill with my cat.”
Okay, that’s not a bad thing, if you enjoy it. So let’s make it work for you.
Take a look at the shows you watch. You know the saying that art mimics life? Or life mimics art? Yeah, that can apply in this case. Try to find a show that you like with characters that are relatable. Pay attention to the things that motivate these characters. Look at the things that are detrimental to them. What happens to the character when they hit rock bottom? How do they respond? Can you find ways that they overlap with your story?
A big part of success in any endeavor is understanding your own mind and the way it works. You can use the psychology of the characters you love or hate as windows into your own mind.
Yes, they are fictional, but the writing came from someone real. Someone had to imagine these characters and had to have some understanding of the human condition for the characters to be relatable. You can apply the same lessons to yourself.
“…the movies are like a machine that generates empathy. It lets you understand a little bit more about different hopes, aspirations, dreams, and fears. It helps us to identify with the people who are sharing this journey with us.”
Of course, the difference is that on screen, the characters (usually, depending on the length of the whole show) only need to learn the lesson once before they live happily ever after. That won’t be the case in real life. You’ll need to keep making better choices all the time at first to develop better habits. But, as you find more shows and more characters you will always have a different way of looking at your own practices and shortcomings and have more ways to improve them.
C.S. Lewis wrote that we should read and re-read our favorite books. He believed this because we are always growing and learning. The person that read The Chronicles of Narnia 3 years ago will not be the same person reading Narnia today.
The same can apply to the person who chooses to binge watch their favorite shows over and over.
Yeah, TV shows are not exactly the same as literature, but I mean… I’m just trying to give
myself you another reason to watch Game of Thrones again.
So, continue to pursue your interests. As you get deeper into those interests and learn more about yourself, find ways to connect the lessons to other aspects of your world. Just don’t be surprised if you start to find life even more fulfilling.
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