Battling Health Adversity While Maintaining Fitness Goals
Success takes hard work, dedication, and an incredibly positive attitude, especially when you are battling health adversity while trying to reach your fitness goals.
My experience shows that no matter what difficulty you face, you have the power to take control and change your life.
Everyone encounters different types of health struggles. We all have faced challenges throughout our lifetimes, whether you’re born with them or they come along suddenly. I’ve struggled with kidney disease since I was 4 years old. It was both physically and emotionally difficult to become motivated to reach the same fitness aspirations as a normal, healthy child. At times, I would isolate myself until my mom realized how it was affecting me. My mom would always say to me, “Just because you have this disease doesn’t mean it’s your handicap.” She was determined to give me an opportunity to feel accomplished as any child or individual. The food I was consuming turned out to be more important than ever. Most of us know that eating balanced meals is good for our health, but many don’t know that you may need to make some changes in your current diets and lifestyle to help you live a healthier and longer life. Some food and drinks may slow down your vital organs’ proper means of functioning. Too much or too little of something can easily make your condition worse, so knowing what to eat in order to have proper nutrition is crucial.
Although battling health issues while still shooting for your fitness goals may be difficult, I’m a firm believer that crisis brings out the best in people. I’ve seen it firsthand on more than one occasion. If you have been faced with health issues or supported someone who has, it forever changes your impression on what is important in life, changing your hierarchy of needs and wants forever. When you have your health in order, you really have it all.
When the going gets tough, just remember that every challenge and obstacle is a chance to prove to yourself that you can do anything. No one step or magic pill can make all better, it takes many little steps and plenty of consistency. Also, your mental state is critical to your physical performance. The two go hand in hand. The less you let your health issue take hold of you, lighter you are to move forward. Do what you can, and know that you can. By believing in yourself and having confidence to reach your goals, you are setting the stage for your own success.