The final piece of the Harbor Park Voyage is Fitness.
Being healthy and being functional is great, but what is even better is being fit. Being fit has the power to enhance your life in a variety of amazing ways. Superficially, things like your athletic ability and your ability to conquer any physical task will be easier. This naturally makes life easier - you are better equipped to handle physical challenges on a day to day basis.
More important might be the mental benefits from improving your fitness. First of all, your confidence will improve as you improve your fitness and your self-image of yourself. The more achievements and accomplishments you accumulate through your fitness, the more you start to believe that you are capable and you can achieve what you set your mind to. This has an amazing impact on all other aspects of your life - you feel more competent around other people, at work, in your relationships. You are generally in a better mood and are more pleasant and have a more positive outlook on life.
The combination of these two aspects - the physical benefits and the mental benefits - are why fitness enthusiasts are so enthusiastic about fitness. We love everything about being fit, from the physical improvements to the mental improvements, everything seems to get better as we improve our fitness. The important thing to remember about fitness is that we need to make sure we always have a positive relationship with it.
One of the most detrimental attitudes that individuals have with fitness is that they use it as punishment or to undue poor dietary choices. This type of attitude will be sure to burn you out before long. What we want to make sure individuals understand is that it is possible to have a positive relationship with fitness and exercise. As long as it is fun and challenging, you will continue to be motivated and you will continue to make improvements. Another thing to remember is that more is not always better, especially if you are feeling burnt out a bit.
Remember, in order to be Fit for Life, you need to have a long-term mindset, and that means making sure that you can maintain your routine for the rest of your life. If you don't feel like that is possible, it might be beneficial to take a step back and figure out what needs to change. To be truly sustainable, a fitness routine needs to be fun and it needs to fit into your life appropriately. In other words, it should be easy to stick to.