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Rocky Movies For Health and Fitness Inspiration

Everyone is motivated by different ideas, concepts, and events in our life. The trick to getting on track to a healthy fit lifestyle is finding those things that motivate you, and then mapping out goals for yourself.

Growing up in the 70's and 80's  I watched one series of movies in particular over and over again. That was the Rocky movies starring Sylvester Stallone. Back then Stallone was considered the ideal athlete for the 1980ís. Even today, a few decades later, Stallone is still in great shape and still cranking out action movies. One of the things I find so motivational about the movies was the spirit of Rocky Balboa that Stallone portrayed, which was one of never ending determination. Of course, a few times Rocky gets into the dumps like we all do until his wife Adrian gives him a few words of encouragement then its back to training like no man has trained before with Rockyís super motivational theme in the background.

Once in the ring Rocky would fight wars never giving in, even when faced with a much bigger, stronger, and more powerful challenger. Growing up a little on the smaller side, I found that very encouraging. In fact the idea that a man can work hard enough he can take on any challenge is something I think Americans need more than ever these days. Itís part of the American spirit to never quit and always keep going forward not matter what the odds are against you. American loves a winner, but loves an underdog turned winner even more.

If Rocky got knocked down, he would just get up again and again till he won.

 The principle of never giving up is Biblical principle as well, in the Bible in Proverbs 24:16 tells us.

16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again : but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

Today Americans are losing their will to fight. Obesity is taking over, and people would rather sit all day than pick up a weight or even go walk around the park. The nice thing about the Rocky movies is the spirit shown that says fight and keep on fighting. Donít give up. As Rocky is quoted as saying, ďIt ainít over till itís overĒ. Wouldnít it be nice to see people getting off the couches and heading out the parks to play some kind of sports, just any kind?

One of the biggest drawbacks of gaining weight especially in men is the loss of testosterone. The more weight you gain the more you lose, and testosterone is what drives men to compete among many other things. Testosterone helps men and even women stay healthy and lose weight. Yes, even women have some testosterone though just not as much as men. Thatís why women have a harder time building muscle and losing weight than men.

The junk food today has just drained men and women of the will to do anything. If itís not the sugar itís the chemicals, antibiotics, fat, and everything else they can cram into our food that messes with our weight and our testosterone levels making girls go through puberty faster and giving men attributes more like women. The chemical additives in our foods today then make it harder and harder for women or men to lose weight.

On top of that, society hasnít exactly been progressing toward a more competitive edge. More and more it seems like winning is considered mean spirited. In a man if you take away the chance for success that is to win, you take away the whole reason to get involved in the first place. We are made to compete, but these days competition even in business is getting a bum rap.

What can you do? Well besides cutting out processed foods, you should aim to eat as many organic foods as possible, and get out and exercise whether you want to or not, as long as you are physically able of course. Itís time we stop babying ourselves and get up off the couch.

Rocky never would have won a fight if he waited for government assistance. He sure never would have won if he ate junk food all day, and he most definitely would have never won a fight if he sat on the couch feeling sorry for himself.

Somebody reading this is going to say thatís just a movie. Then look at any boxer or other athlete. Do you think winning comes easy. Just as Rocky says in the movie it takes heart. It takes strong will and determination sometimes just to take that first step, but I guarantee that the more you get out and do things the better you will feel.

One thing or another is going to happen if you keep trying and failing. You are either going to get real mad and quit, or get real mad and keep going harder than you did before. You never lose as long as you keep playing. The second you quit for good then itís over, but like the Bible says, the righteous falls and gets up again and again.

For those of us that work out all the time, but we may be tempted to give up because we donít quite see the results we want. Donít quit. Just get mad and work harder. Think smarter about how you approach your workouts and what foods you eat. Itís all about experimenting. Don't forget to take into account the proper rest and recuperation without which it's impossible to gain ground. Think smart along with working hard when it comes to your health and fitness regime.

If you hit a roadblock with your fitness goals, start from scratch. Write down everything you eat. Is there anything that should go? Are you getting enough rest, or enough sunshine during the week to keep your vitamin D levels up. Maybe you need to start upping the intensity of your workouts, or just changing them around to shock your body. If you keep working on it youíll figure it out.

One of the best scenes from any of the Rocky movies came on the last in 2006. Rockyís son tries to discourage him from fighting from fear of looking bad for Rocky and himself, but Rocky has a different take on it.

Quote from Rocky to his son, ďLet me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place and I don't care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard ya hit. It's about how hard you can get it and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done! Now if you know what you're worth then go out and get what you're worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain't you!Ē

The pretty much sums of life you either take what life throws at you and keep going, or you quit, but for all those thinking about giving up, you have to ask what are you giving up to? I mean what kind of place does giving up leave you? Once you give up whether itís fitness or something else what you really are giving up when you quit trying is hope. As long as you keep putting forth the effort you always have that hope of getting to where you want to be in life. Moving forward is the only way to not only achieve goals, but the only way to keep your hope and happiness alive.

I think after watching Rocky III for the millionth time this scene must have really stuck in my mind. Rocky is feeling really down and his training was off, and in response to Apollo Creed ,who trains him in this one, about what the matter was, Rocky just wants to put off training till tomorrow. Apollo says back angrily, ďThere is no tomorrow!Ē In a sense when it comes to getting fit there really isnít a tomorrow. Too many people post pone eating healthy and exercising till itís too late. Do it before you get sick.

Yes, movies can be a lot of wasted time, but there are some lessons to be learned with the classics.

Anybody remember Yodaís famous quote from the Star Wars films, ďDo or do not, there is no tryĒ? Of course I donít think no matter how hard you try are you going to move things around with your mind like Yoda, but the principle is very sound when applied to things within the realm of the physically possible. When you really want to shape your body up and go to the next level. You got to take every workout like itís your last and only chance to make a difference. Either you are going to do it, or you ainít, to put it in laymanís terms. Work out like you mean it! Any workout is better than nothing, but strive to move forward. When you go to lift weights or run that mile in record time make a new goal to achieve and then say to yourself Iím going to do it, but be honest with yourself. Do it, or donít, but donít expect to break plateaus with an attitude like it doesnít matter if I succeed or not. Breaking through to the next level takes determination born from necessity.

If this were a Rocky movie Iíd say you have to be hungry. You have to have the "eye of the tiger" in a workout. Achieving goals makes workouts more fun. Really putting yourself into a workout not only makes you get better results, but it makes working out a whole lot more interesting. So set goals in the areas you want to work on the most. Do you want bigger arms then set a goal of lifting more in curls. Do you want to be more ripped, then set a goal of sprinting faster for a 100 yards. Make your athletic goals fit your physical goals. For those just starting out, have fun and you will work out without boredom and wind up hooked on exercise instead of chocolate chip cookies.

by the Hip2bfit.com webmaster Tim Frady

*Always check with a doctor before beginning any new exercise program.

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