Your Body is Your Ferrari

Too often in today’s world we are so caught up in taking care of others or being concerned for causes we feel deeply about, that we forget to take care of ourselves. This year, I want you to make yourself a priority.  One of my favorite fitness analogies is thinking of your body as your Ferrari. Unfortunately, people think that having a fancy Ferrari is a symbol of their status, success, and quality of their work. Cars do nothing for me. Honestly, I think they are silly. All I care about in a car is safety and fuel efficiency. However, when I think about what a Ferrari is for others, I would have to agree, my body is my Ferrari. 

You Put Premium Gas in Your Ferrari:
You wouldn’t put low grade fuel in a Ferrari, just as I don’t put cheap fast food in my body. I know I have food allergies that limit that, but it doesn’t matter. Even if I could eat whatever I wanted, I wouldn’t. This year, pay attention to what you fuel your body with—be fuel efficient! Choose fresh fruits and vegetables paired with high fiber and protein that will give you the energy you need to get through your day. This will give your stomach the substance it needs so it doesn’t lie to you and tell you it’s empty and needs to be topped off.

Your Symbol of Hard Work:
Just as a Ferrari may be a trophy for someone to show how many hours they put in at their office to pay its bill, your body should be your symbol of how hard you work at your physical fitness. If someone says, “You look great. What’s your secret?” And you reply, “Genetics”, then you’ve never run a mile in your life, and I don’t like you! I work my butt off, literally, at least 5 days a week. To be honest, I don’t do it to look a certain way, I do it because it’s my “me time”, it keeps me sane, and I truly enjoy it. When I get off work I can’t wait to leave so that I can go to spin class or rush home and pop in my favorite heart-pumping DVD.  I don’t care about making it to happy hour; I’m going to my own happy hour.

You Take Care of It Like Your Life Depends on It:
Ferrari owners are meticulous about the maintenance they get and the additives and oil they put in their cars.  You should be that way about yourself, because unlike them, your life really does depend on the health of your body! Take the time to visit your doctors (yes, your dentist too) for your check-ups, get that mole you’ve been wondering about for months looked at by a professional, tell your physician about the unusual headaches or lump you’ve been dealing with, or whatever it may be; make your health a priority. This means mentally too, and by now, you should know that in my opinion, the best way to ease your mind or help your sanity is with an intense sweat session.

So please, make 2012 the year for you. Turn your body into your Ferrari. I guarantee you’ll feel happier and get more compliments than if you actually bought a Ferrari!

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