Winning Fitness- Saving Your Own Life

Author and poet Charles Bukowski said, “You begin saving the world by saving one person at a time.” But where do you start?

Fitness Director and WIN Coach George Mangum says, “You cannot save the freaking world by not saving yourself first.”

Listen, whenever you walk through those fitness doors, you’ve believed the lie that you are there to train, to workout, or to get big, bad, buff, and hairy. Phooey! You’re there to save your own life, because there’s nobody else and nothing else that can do it as well as you. It’s no different than learning how to swim, avoid poisons or drive safely. They’re all designed to teach us how to save our lives. And, get over the self-serving notion of sacrificing your life for others. It’s old and weak, just like you might end up if you’re not fit.

So, the next time you want to use an excuse about having work to do or about some injury or about being too darn busy to get to the gym, you’ll need to stop saying, “I gotta work out.” Instead, your self-talk should be, “It’s time to get to the gym to save my life, so I can then save others’ lives.” Got it? Good!

Fitness Director George Mangum