Think that an ultra fit, sexy body is only for the lucky? Well think again. Australian Content Magazine columnist and self-love advocate, Kim Morrison, tells us that peak fitness is achievable for all of us. It just might include a bit of hard work …
It’s never too late to become what you might have been. George Eliot
Since hitting my mid thirties I wondered if I could feel really comfortable wearing a bikini and to workout in a crop top and shorts as I did in my twenty’s. Or was I seriously past it and just too old to ever have an ultra fit, toned, lean and sexy body? At 45 I wondered if I had left my run too late. I teach women everywhere to love and accept who they are no matter what. I still believe in this philosophy but what I have learned as George Eliot says above is that it is never too late to become what you might have been!
You would expect me to be the best physical version of me. I have a background in sport, I am a qualified personal trainer, I played netball to state level and represented Australia in ultra-marathon running, even set a world record. And although that was all back in my 20’s, I know I have not looked ‘bad’ as such. I kept wondering if at my age I was the best version of myself now. I just didn’t know what was causing my wee tummy and that extra layer of let’s say ‘adipose tissue’! I didn’t really know what to do or if it would ever change. I had started to think maybe I would just have to accept it as it was.
I kept wondering if at my age I was the best version of myself now.
No chance! What I have learnt over the years is that in order to be the best version of ourselves it is actually a constant work in progress. There is never ever any end point, never a time to relax, say you’ve finished or have got there. My personal experience is just as you master one thing or learn something about yourself you find there is now something else you need to address or tackle. And then, just as you start getting comfortable you find you need another challenge, cleanse, detox or discipline to get back on track again.
Anyone that thinks physical wellbeing is easy, handed on a plate or only for the lucky need think again. For every stunning, fit, healthy body you see you are actually looking at someone with discipline and someone who has really worked for it. I remember Gwyneth Paltrow being quoted once saying – ‘The reason that I can be 38 and have two kids and wear a bikini is because I work my (expletive) ass off. It’s not an accident. It’s not luck, it’s not fairy dust, it’s not good genes. It’s killing myself for an hour and a half five days a week, but what I get out of it is relative to what I put into it. That’s what I try to do in all areas of my life.’ It’s a fact, a fit, toned, lean and healthy body is a daily commitment and the older you get the more important it is to adhere to it.
And if you are not prepared to make the time to change then you have no right to never complain again.
If you are wondering if you are or can be the best version of yourself you have to know it is possible. The point is it is not handed to you. You can’t say ‘I could never be like that’ or ‘It’s too late’. And sadly you cannot just ‘buy’ the abs of your dreams or slice off the excess body weight. If you have been fit and lean you realise it doesn’t take long to lose that fitness either. If you have slowly had weight creep on over the years, if you have lost the zest for physical exercise and not prepared to do anything about it then you have to accept the way you look. And if you are not prepared to make the time to change then you have no right to never complain again. Accept who you are where you are and know what you are looking at when naked in the mirror – if you are not happy – it is just a lack of commitment and self-care, that is all.
Once you really get that and jump on board the health train then ultimately … you can only expect amazing physical, mental, emotional and spiritual results.
If you are reading this though and have had enough and are ready to make the change you must remember … it takes commitment, discipline, energy, new ways of thinking, sacrificing, challenging your beliefs and creating new habits. Sound like too much hard work? It might be at the beginning but I can assure you it becomes a daily way of being and an easy addiction. I personally believe your physical wellbeing is an expression to the world that you care about yourself. That you respect yourself and that you look after yourself.
If you are willing to love yourself totally, if you are willing to do what it takes realise that we are all a constant work in progress and that we need to challenge ourselves on a regular basis. Like me, you may need to experience different protocols and programmes to find out which one, or which techniques work best for you and your body. See which are the best foods and types of exercise that fit into your life and body’s needs. It is time to realise that optimum physical wellbeing is actually a healthy life sentence.
And most importantly the thing I have learned is it is important to get comfortable with feeling uncomfortable working it all out! Once you really get that and jump on board the health train then ultimately, regardless of the ups and downs, you can only expect amazing physical, mental, emotional and spiritual results. I know I couldn’t be prouder of what I was able to achieve. It wasn’t easy, but I can honestly say it was worth every minute!
Now go get out there and work out what is your next challenge and strategy, commit to it and go for it!
Kim Morrison set a world record as the youngest female to run 100miles in less than 24 hours. Cliff Young was her mentor throughout and still to this day lives by his ethos that success is 90 per cent mental and 10 per cent physical. She has used her running story as a direct metaphor for life – riding the highs, hitting the walls, pushing through the pain barriers, crossing the line and never, ever giving up! She believes combining your inner power and passion, applying your commitment and having truckloads of self-belief is what distinguishes you as an achiever and someone who is passionate about life. It’s about visualising your dream and going for it – regardless of the feedback you receive or the challenges you face. As a five-times best-selling author, creative director of Twenty8 and a multi-tasking mum and wife, Kim shares the essential tools for self-care, discipline, leadership and teamwork and most of all how to shine and have an attitude with sparkle. www.kimmorrison.com