The Equilibrium of Fitness

One concept that is crucial in science and especially in chemistry is the concept of chemical equilibrium. An easy way to understand this concept is found in making a pizza. If I want to make a pepperoni pizza, I need dough, sauce, cheese, and pepperoni. Now if I wanted to make a pepperoni pizza, would it help me if I had one million pepperonis and none of the other ingredients? The obvious answer is no. No matter how many pepperonis I have, I won’t be able to make a whole pizza without the other ingredients. The same principle applies in chemistry. In order to make a molecule of water you would need one part Hydrogen and two parts Oxygen, hence H2O. All the Oxygen in the world by itself won’t produce water. 

In life, this concept also proves true. If I am going to make a healthy lifestyle, I need to incorporate ingredients of Body, Mind, Spirit, and Social. Now obviously being a trainer, I love and work intimately with the “body”, so I have seen how fitness can contribute to a healthy lifestyle, and I have seen it in countless clients lives. You can see how failure to educate and improve your mental ability will result in a poor resume and make it harder to get a job and restrict your time and money to attend social events with friends or family. Lack of mental health impacts social life. 

Many people see the importance of other areas but fail to see the importance that fitness plays. 

Studies have shown that working out releases endorphins, your body’s natural painkiller. Not only that, but it also releases serotonin which is the feel-good hormone. People with depression have been shown to have low levels of serotonin. It also boosts your immune system by decreasing your susceptibility to sickness. One of the biggest excuses I get from my clients for not following through with goals is time. If we are already short on time the last thing you need is to get sick. Along with health, a huge benefit that I see with all my clients who stick to their training plan is self-control. I have seen time and time again improving health and fitness builds self-control and other qualities that spill over into other areas of life: confidence, self-control, determination, and many others. Being able to push yourself in the realm of fitness gives you the confidence to know that you can do more than you think in other areas. Outward strength is an indicator of inner strength.  

So what’s the take away from all of this? Regular physical activity can increase all aspects of your life. That is one of the things I love most about my job as a personal trainer. Being on that journey with my clients and watching as their fitness improves, all areas of their life improve is so rewarding. If you aren’t working out regularly, I dare you to start and just see if you’re not happier. Try and prove me wrong!   

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Written by Kelli Bettridge, CPT, FNS

Kelli is a NASM CPT and is FNS certified. She currently trains clients at Vasa Fitness. Kelli earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science from Utah Valley University where she currently teaches Fitness For Life.