This post is third in a series of six articles on how fitness benefits many other areas of your life. So far, we’ve explored the dividends that a challenging fitness regimen will pay in your productivity and your disposition.
In the previous post, we noted that the improved disposition that comes with a challenging fitness regimen can have a dramatic influence on your relationship with your spouse. If you’re single though, you might have felt a bit left out…
So, today’s post is for you singles out there. Believe it or not, embarking on a journey to better fitness will not just benefit your physically, but bring you success in your search for a great mate. The heart of the issue lies in the following bit of wisdom, courtesy of a few wise old men I know: “to have a great marriage, don’t focus on finding the right person, focus on being the right person.”
It’s not you, it’s me
Most of us have experienced the converse of this firsthand from going about this in the wrong way. Maybe you’ve caught yourself complaining to your friends, “how come every girl I date is argumentative and emotional? Why can’t I find someone who’s kind and easygoing??” Here’s the shocker–the common thread in all your relationships is you! Perhaps there are things you are doing, attitudes you have, even criteria you use for selecting dates that are bringing you the results that you don’t like.
The way that a fitness regimen can benefit you in this situation is that it takes your eyes off others, and helps you focus on the things you can control–namely, yourself! As you progress in your fitness program, you’ll see tangible results: your pants fit better, you can lift heavier weight, your arms look more toned, and so on. Your disposition will improve from your body’s natural reaction to exercise, and you’ll feel good about the work your doing and the progress you’re making.
Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks
These internal changes tend to be more visible to others than we would imagine. After you’ve completed a tough lunchtime workout with a new record time, you’ll find yourself smiling at people you meet, genuinely interested in them and more patient with their shortcomings. It’s somewhat like how you feel after you’ve won a race, gotten a raise, or finished painting a house–you’re just feeling good, basking in the work you’ve done, and no little inconvenience is going to get in your way of enjoying this moment. That elated feeling can become part of your everyday schedule, especially when you adopt a strenuous program like ThriveFit and give it your all.
Living in this state of mind where you genuinely care about others and are patient with others’ shortcomings will take you a long way down the road to being the kind of person who attracts a quality mate. Not only that, but this pattern of bettering yourself can be used to refine other areas of your life as well. Perhaps you’ll make time to learn a new skill to improve your capabilities at work. Or, you’ll join a Bible study to improve your relationship with God. By making a dedicated consistent effort to improve yourself, then meeting your objectives with excellence, you’re growing your character and confidence. Not only will these changes naturally attract members of the opposite sex to you, but God tends to reward those who seek after Him and live as He instructs. So, as you take care of the body He gave you, seek Him in His Word, and learn to forgive and love as Christ did, He may just send your future spouse right across your path…