Michael Jordan : 4 Fitness Lessons

As I progress on my journey to live the strongest life I’m capable of, I try to pick up some tips and tricks along the way.

“Success leaves clues.” – Anthony Robbins

It’s important to learn from those who have been there and done that. It’s important to build up your own arsenal of wisdom by learning from legendary role models.

While Michael Jordan wasn’t a fitness expert per se, he has given us a few fitness lessons that we can all benefit from .

“I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come.”

This quote rings true to any aspect of life, health and fitness included. There’s no easy way out. There’s no get ripped quick or six pack in a week shortcuts. You have to put in the time and effort in order to see results.

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It might not be what people want to hear, but it’s the truth. Hard work pays off, and Michael Jordan is living proof. Work hard towards your health and fitness goals, stay committed and consistent, and you will see results.

The problem is that so many have fallen for the quick and easy shortcuts, only to find that they don’t work. Then, they are completely discouraged from starting over because they don’t want to waste their time again. I think that it’s very important to instill the importance of hard work and  perseverance from the get-go.

It’s also crucial to establish realistic expectations and timelines. Putting in the work to plan out your goals and envision the end product of your hard work will go a long way towards helping you achieve your goals .

Hard work really is the price of entry. It’s time to check yourself and make an honest assessment. Are you pushing yourself? Are you working hard to achieve the goals you’ve set for yourself? If you can answer these questions with assertion, you’re certainly on the right track. If not, that’s okay. Understand that anything worth having takes time.

“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.”

In order to be successful in any venture in life, you must be able to look at failure as an opportunity for growth and experience.

For example, if you cheat on your diet or miss a day at the gym, learn from it and don’t make the same mistake again. Treat it as a learning experience. If you sit around and dwell on the fact that you messed up, you will go nowhere but backwards.

We all fail. Learning how to deal with failure and get back on track is what will allow you to continue to grow and make progress.

You’ve all heard the saying, “Failure is the best teacher.” It’s true. In order to learn and get better, you have to put yourself out there and you have to take risks. You have to try that diet that seems tough or go to the gym an extra day during the week.

If you fail, so what? Get back on track, and keep working hard.

“Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.”

Branching off of the previous tip, try to make failure a positive thing. Treat failure as an opportunity to get better.

If something unfavorable happens with your fitness program or diet, treat it as a chance to grow and become more resilient. This is where true success comes from.

Everyone messes up. Everyone has negative experiences. It’s those who push their way past these negative experiences who become more resilient and move ever closer to the goal.

“Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.”

You may have made the decision to become more conscious about your health, but you stuck with the decision because you enjoy all of the things that come along with it. Using myself as an example, I love to lift weights. If I didn’t love to lift weights, I wouldn’t have stuck with it for so many years.

The point is to make sure you’re enjoying yourself and never taking anything too seriously. Too many people are overly obsessive about their diet and workout program that they are unable to have a good time and enjoy the process.

Enjoy yourself. Make fitness fun and do what you want to do. Life’s too short to do it any other way.

Wrap Up

Michael Jordan was a great basketball player, but he did more than just drain baskets and win championships. He taught us lessons that can be applied to any aspect of our lives, and in this case, it was health and fitness.

Apply these fitness lessons to your overall lifestyle, and I can guarantee you will see better results and you will enjoy yourself at the same time.

Jacob Johnson

Writer and blogger who is passionate about high performance fitness and nutrition. Avid reader and learner, helping people live a healthier life. Visit my site at http://jjstrength.com for more information.

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