Being fit will NOT make you happy – By Mark Carson

Being fit will NOT make you happy, but being fat WILL make you miserable. Repeated psychology studies, billions of advertising dollars, the careers of Dr. Phil, Charlie Sheen, most politicians, more professional athletes, and the entire self-help industry all highlight the one simple truth: humans suck at figuring out what makes us happy. Be honest. If I could wave a magic wand to make all of your problems disappear, you would just go get new ones. I know I would. We all did. Think back to your first car. Before you got it, you had a list in mind of all the things it would be. Was it? Mine either. Over the years my list of “must haves” in a car has drastically changed (to the point that I once had a smack-down with a 7th grader over the sex appeal of anyone driving a minivan). How about yours?

What we wanted as a Jr. High-er and what we want NOW are wildly different. And it often changes once we get what we thought we wanted. That is when we raise our sights a little. Sure, some things I want are still the same; 6-pack abs, a ‘62 Corvette convertible, the ability to take a beautiful woman to a restaurant more upscale than the golden arches. But that car isn’t nearly as important as I once thought. We have to ask why we want these things. (Otherwise a guy could end up with a great body and a nice car while he eats dinner alone.)

Sure, there are some desires that aren’t absolutely essential, but are reasonably close to oxygen on the “gotta-have-it” scale; cash, health, a place to hide from errant Dodgeballs. Most of us have those, but deep down we know those are not really what life is all about. We have friends who love us no matter what (after all, they stuck around and listening to our complaining while we got fat). We have family who will be there no matter what (even the times we wish they would go away).

But after we know that we aren’t likely to die in the near future, and after we know which people accept us, we start looking around for more. And television is RIGHT THERE to tell us what we need in order to be happy. We are told we should “just do it”: That we need Reeboks to be “Crossfit”. We are told that being “in shape” means mixing powdered supplements, having arms the size bowling balls, and standing on a stage in a speedo. What crap! Being fit gave our ancestors the ability to catch lunch, and keep from being lunch. (And they did it without fancy shoes, over-hyped DVDs, or 24 hour access to a room full of machines) Being fit allows you to dodge whatever the kid with jelly stains on his shirt throws at you and garden all weekend without needing to take Monday off of work. It is not an end unto itself. Getting “back in shape” is recovering a part of ourselves that we have lost; Something akin to picking wild mushrooms (which can be learned at the knee of a knowledgeable mentor, but is usually left out of our public education). It can be just as dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing and, just as often, leaves you feeling lost in the woods. Fitness is PART of what we need for happiness, not all of it.

There are plenty of gyms across the world selling fitness but only delivering a room full of machines. Most of them go out of business in the first 5 years. Nobody needs a gym to get fit. You can buy EVERYTHING you would need to get in the best shape of your life for less than $100. This is why your friends here at WORX are NOT in the fitness business. WE are in the hospitality business. WE are in the DREAM business. We are here to help YOU build YOUR dream. We teach the classes. We provide the trainers for 1-on-1 or small groups. We supply the Game Plan so that you know what to do when you get here. We will even hold a Strategy Session to make sure you get what you want from your workout. We will help you get from WHEREVER you are to WHEREVER you want to go. We provide the place, the tools, the toys, the knowledge, the encouragement, the accountability, and the experience; everything you need EXCEPT the answer to one simple question…

Once you GET fit, what will you DO?