“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
~ Chinese Proverb
Talking with a good friend, he told me that he had dug himself into such a deep pit that it seemed as if there was just no way out. I reminded him of Will Roger’s famous saying, “If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.” The same can hold true for your personal fitness. Sometimes, it has been years and years (and years and years) since you had any normal fitness routine.
The best thing to do if you find yourself in such a space or if your weight or diet has gone completely out of control, is simply to “stop digging.” If you can’t go back in time (if you figure out how to go back in time, let me know), then the best thing to do is get started now.
That can be as simple as a leisurely walk around the block. As I’ve stated in blogs posted on this site in the past, the best way to get started is to make it as easy, simple, short, and stressless as possible. You can always build up. The garbage dump wasn’t built in a day and you certainly aren’t going to change that to the likeness of a Greek god in a week.
So, if you are going to do 1 minute of walking a day this week and 2 minutes next week, you won’t see any results but you may breathe a bit easier next time you go up the stairs. If you keep this routine up though, in 1 simple year, you will be walking 52 minutes a day, you will be zipping up the stairs, and you will see massive results.
Just like finding yourself in a deep hole, it helps if you visualize what you want to look like because that will give you motivation to stop digging and start working toward a goal that will make you proud. If you haven’t been going in the direction that leads you to a healthier life, you can make the turn now. You can’t do it 10 years ago, 1 year ago, or 1 minute ago but you can do it now.
My friend was doing all the wrong things and when I encouraged him by asking how things could be different if he just stopped digging, he was able to visualize a much better result simply by making better choices. He decided that he was going to get started now. When he makes bad choices, I will be there to help him change his direction and get back on track.
Although you can’t wish an Oak tree into existence and you certainly can’t go back 20 years to plant your Oak tree, you can plant one today. In 20 years, you will thank yourself when you have the results of your work. The same is true if you start a fitness program today…no matter how small. From the smallest fitness seed, you can have an Oak tree of fitness results in 20 years.