A fitness identity is as unique to you as are your fingerprints. The process through which we arrive at our identity, though, has elements in common.

1) Find a purpose larger than yourself. Abandon the common notion that “It’s all about ME!” If you become fit, you will have a positive influence on friends, family, and your community.

2) Begin. It is never too late. As long as you are alive and have a future, you can begin.

3) Through self-discovery, figure out when you are on track and when you are off track. Listen to that quiet voice that will tell you if you remain silent. Pay attention to your fitness compass. Let it serve as a truing mechanism.

4) Use your fitness imagination to come up with creative solutions for finding time to exercise, for cooking healthful meals, etc.

5) ) Resist cynicism and discouragement when you discover you aren’t perfect and can’t maintain the perfect fitness regimen. Celebrate your humanity by forgiving yourself for being flawed as all of us are, check your compass for direction, and get moving again.

6) Find and sustain your fitness identity once you have found it. Don’t let an injury or emotional trauma throw you off track. If you get sidetracked, come back to take up your true direction as soon as you can.

7) Have fun. Make this an experiment that you are tickled to engage in. Laugh a lot.

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