To finish up this series of 13 Fitness Values this week we will look at the virtue of humility.
Humility might seem like a stretch considering some areas or pathways of this lifestyle involve acting in a manner in which some would consider pretentious (for example, posing on stage in very little clothing in front of large, adoring crowds 😀 )
To the especially modest the whole idea of a “physical culture” probably seems a bit extreme and salacious.
At the other end of the spectrum for those that are entrenched, there poses a possibility that the attention received can be drug-like and the withdrawal can be very difficult.
I hate to admit it but I know the extreme side of this first-hand.
There was a time when my whole purpose and identity was building muscle mass.
I mentioned it in prior posts but to embarrass myself a little further and to further illustrate here’s a quick story.
After a short time of starting to train with weights I realized my arms, my triceps in particular responded fairly fast.
It may have been predisposed genetics, or from the huge volume and attention I placed upon arm-work, but whatever it was they built up very fast and very easily.
People that I hadn’t seen for a while started commenting on the changes in my appearance—in particular my arms.
This new attention I guess got to my head a little and I started to wear short-sleeves everywhere.
My progress continued and it seemed like each week the tape measure stretched further and further around my upper arms.—-(as it did my waist, but I didn’t care I was becoming HUGE!)
To everything there is a season.
Living in the North East inevitably winter rolled around and along with it the colder temperatures.
Short-sleeves turned into light jackets, that turned into full winter gear.
I held out as long as I could but eventually started to wear weather appropriate shirts.—I just made sure to roll up the sleeves over my ever-growing triceps.
Everywhere I went my upper arms were exposed. School, work, walk in freezers, no area was off limits for my “guns.”
In fact I remember one particular evening that I had my sleeves rolled up and they were tight enough that just from doing tasks at work I had actually broken blood vessels around where the shirt sleeves were rolled to.
Thinking back about this is pretty embarrassing.
I’m fairly certain that I looked like a complete douche-bag and this exemplifies the very opposite of humility in my opinion.
Sure, I was young, but I was certainly old enough to know better.
Aesthetics are the visual aspect, but without the equally important mental and emotional health components the look does not carry one to true health.
I think nearly everyone works out with the goal of improved appearance being very high on the list as an outcome.
It is absolutely great and important to take pride in one’s appearance, but the ways or means should never be at the expense of physical, mental or emotional health.
If I could do it all over again I wouldn’t base my worth and value upon the size of my arms, much as the woman who bases her appeal on the size of her breast implants.
Physical appearance is important to everyone, but physical, mental & emotional health should always be given priority.
Humility is long game modesty and self-respect.
Self-respect, self-esteem and confidence along with being the very best you can be is the way.
Train your body, but also prioritize and build your true internal self-worth and remember that that self-worth can ultimately only be determined by you and you alone.