By Naomi Rabon
I recently attended my 8th nPower Fitness Camp the first weekend in April at Simpsonville, South Carolina. Even for a veteran like me, it feels like the first time ever attending a camp – but in other ways, it feels like an annual family reunion. As campers shuffled in the first night, I saw both familiar smiles radiating from annual returning patrons as well as intimidated looks from apprehensive first-timers.
YOU CAN TAKE IT WITH YOU
As with many camps I’ve attended over the past four years, one thing has remained constant with every single one: the take away.
No, I don’t mean the awesome fitness giveaways stuffed in our goodie bags. I mean the friendships forged, the unforgettable experiences (including the very memorable intense workouts!) and the life-altering lessons stuck in your mind long after the weekend is over.
THE BEST ONE EVER!
I’m sure I say this after every camp, but there was something truly significant and undeniably radiant about this one. A pivotal moment for me, and probably just about every woman in the room, was when returning camper Beverly Reep enlightened the crowd with her take on regular exercise and eating healthy during a seminar led by nPower Fitness Camp Co-Captain, Maureen Ashley.
Maureen was leading a motivational seminar that covered the mental/emotional aspects of health and fitness – overcoming challenges, changing your perspective, dealing with triumphs and failures, motivation, self-talk, etc. As Maureen discussed ways in which you can re-wire your thinking in a positive light instead of looking at exercising and eating healthy as a chore, Beverly enthusiastically raised her hand so she could share what has worked for her with the rest of us.
“I don’t have to live a healthy fit life, I get to live a healthy fit life,” said Beverly.
I know this stuck with probably everyone at that camp, as even weeks later people have still been posting about it online.
“I GET TO”
Here’s how you can adopt Beverly’s attitude:
1. Consider your ability to perform physical activity and eat nutritious food a privilege instead of a burden. Changing your perspective in this way can flip your entire world from upside down to right side up.
2. Remember what it felt like when you were sick or injured and couldn’t workout? What you wouldn’t give to go to the gym, or even go for a walk! When you find yourself complaining that you “have” to workout, remember when you wished you could workout but couldn’t.
3. Not everyone in the world has access to healthy, nourishing foods. You are fortunate enough to have the knowledge of what healthy foods are, and you have access to purchase and consume them. Some people may only have access to (or may only be able to afford) unhealthy, poor quality foods. You don’t have to eat healthy, but you get to eat healthy!
There are so many other reasons I could list when adopting an I Get To attitude, but the bottom line is this: living a healthy life comes down to choices.
Everyone has a choice, and no one is forcing you to do anything. Remember that every time you feel unmotivated, are dreading a cardio session, or don’t feel like sticking to your healthy meal plan. You don’t have to, you GET to!
ABOUT NAOMI RABON
One of the trainers on Nicole’s elite NW Fitness Training Team, Naomi is a certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She is a NPC Figure competitor who has been involved in the health and fitness industry for over 12 years.