It’s okay to enjoy the hour you spend at Northeast Crossfit. It’s okay to place your phone in a cubby and laugh, sweat, high five and have fun. When you are trying to build a healthy lifestyle, especially if you are going all in, it’s often quite difficult to give yourself permission to “be selfish” when society and your duties tell you otherwise. Time is a finite resource. Thus, taking care of yourself really isn’t a matter of selfishness. It’s an act of self care. Being selfish implies taking from others to make yourself feel better. Self-care entails you doing things that restore your energy which could have a positive impact on everything in your life, from relationships to your job.
In America, we often applaud working more hours at your job. Being labeled a “hard worker” is a badge of honor. The same cannot be said for spending extra time at the gym. I’m the father of a five year old girl and an eight year old boy, so I am familiar with the guilt of spending time away from your family and loved ones. However, I believe health is our most valuable possession. By investing in my health, I am investing in my ability to run in the park with my kids, play a sport with them or run alongside them while they learn how to ride a bike. So, yes, you’ll need to let your coworkers know that you need to leave at a specific time in order to make it to class. Yes, you’ll need to get your friends and family on board. In the end, being a better version of you will benefit everyone you interact with.
If you make fitness a priority, then you’ll push aside the things in your life that are unimportant, like watching TV for 4 hours every night. It won’t be easy, but nothing worth having is. The desire to better your fitness is a virtuous pursuit. Giving yourself 1/24th of your day is not selfish. Take that one hour and make it the best hour of your day. Then exit through those doors and give the world the best of you for the next 23 hours.