Now that I’m closing in on thirty and much older and wiser (; , I decided I would honor this birthday by sharing the 30 most important things the fitness industry has taught me.
- Jourdan Brown
30 things in 30 years
Here I am. One week and six days away from my 30th year of life. As I arrive upon this birthday, I can’t help but reflect on the last decade. The ’20s are a wild ride—a time marked by massive growth, change, and self-discovery. I started my full-time career in the fitness industry at 22 years old. It might come as a surprise to some of you, but I didn’t go into my 20’s thinking I would pursue fitness as my career. But doesn’t that just sum up the 20’s perfectly? — a series of life decisions you have to make while having zero idea what you are doing. I look back on all the decisions I have made that have led me to where I am now, and I am grateful for all the ups, downs, mistakes, and triumphs. Now that I’m closing in on thirty and much older and wiser (; , I decided I would honor this birthday by sharing the 30 most important things the fitness industry has taught me.
- Every day you wake up and get to move your body is a good day.
- You GET to work out; you don’t HAVE to work out.
- How you talk to yourself matters.
- If you wouldn’t say it to your friend, don’t say it to yourself.
- Diet is everything. You can’t out-train a bad diet.
- Starving yourself does NOT make you skinny!!
- The number on the scale does not matter—your body composition matters.
- Changing your body takes patience and consistency. Nothing worthwhile happens overnight.
- In order to see lasting changes, you must first change your mind. Everything else will follow.
- Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Everyone’s journey is different. Focus on you.
- Quality over quantity. Train effectively for shorter periods of time. You don’t need to be in the gym for hours.
- REST DAYS MATTER. Don’t over-train.
- Workout to live – don’t live to workout.
- Exercise is the cheapest therapy you’ll ever receive.
- Surround yourself with people who motivate you.
- Don’t let anyone bully you over taking care of your body.
- Walk, walk and walk some more.
- Listen to your body. Rest when you need rest. Push when you feel good.
- Eat when you’re hungry. Stop when you’re full. The end.
- Ignore fad diets. There’s no secret pill.
- Eat real, whole foods. If it’s in a package, throw it out. If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, throw it out.
- Put your phone down and be present, not just during your workout but apply it to life!
- The time you spend in the gym is time for you. You deserve this time. Don’t compromise.
- Your mindset is everything. If you think you can, you can. If you think you can’t, you can’t.
- Workout with intention.
- Get outside. Vitamin D is essential.
- Choose workouts that make you happy. If you enjoy doing it, you will continue to do it.
- Your gym friends are some of the best friends you will ever have.
- Working out with a group of like-minded, incredible people is one of the best highs in life.
- Do it all with a smile.
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