What’s The ONLY Thing You Truly Need in Order to be Successful?

CommitmentLet’s look beyond the stability balls, the hand weights, the protein shakes, the new running shoes and Lulu Lemon workout clothes. Let’s look past your shiny new gym membership and P90X DVD, guaranteed to give you rock hard abs. Let’s look past all of the ‘must-haves’ when it comes to fitness these days because let’s be honest, who doesn’t have all the accoutrements needed to begin a successful exercise program? If you’re barefoot and holding nothing but a heavy rock, even you my caveman friend are well prepared to begin your own fitness program. It doesn’t matter if you have state of the art equipment or nothing but a piece of rope, you’re ready.

However, and this is a big, huge however… rope or no rope, if you don’t have this one necessary and ginormously important piece of equipment, then you’re never going to be successful at creating a new and healthy lifestyle for yourself. Never. Ever. Not gonna happen in this lifetime. Forget it.

Catch my drift?

The only way you’re going to truly be successful… wait for it… is if you’re able to make a commitment to yourself, to better yourself. That’s right… what I’m saying to you is that you don’t need the Bowflex or the Shake Weight, but only a commitment. (I just lost all two men who read this blog ;))

Commitment: an obligation that restricts one’s freedom of action.

Sounds downright daunting, but think about it. When you’re dieting you’re restricting your choices (and calories). You’re limiting your freedom to choose to eat whatever you want. This is necessary otherwise who isn’t going to opt for the cinnabon oozing with its warm and sticky goodness over a bowl of cream of wheat? And when you’re exercising, you’re restricting the time you spend on the sofa watching Dancing with the Stars. (C’mon, really? Dancing with the Stars? Get out there and dance yourself!)

Commitment is a scary thing (but so is a size 10 if you’ve always been a size 4.) No amount of money is going to buy you a healthy body. (Notice I said healthy. It can buy you a skinny body through surgery and cellulite-reducing cream (rrrrright, I’m sure it works), but skinny doesn’t equal healthy.)

If you’re serious about getting fit and losing weight, then you need to just buck up and commit, no additional equipment necessary. Trust me on that. I can work up a major sweat by using nothing other than my commitment to staying fit. (That sounds totally smug doesn’t it? I’m not a smug person, really!)

So even if Santa was good to you this year and dumped a truckload of fitness gear under your tree, remember there is only one thing you truly need!

Anne Marie Costanzo is a nationally certified personal trainer and owner of Little Black Dress Personal Training. She can be reached at am@littleblackdresspt.com or (914) 841-1121.

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