Fitness lessons

What I’ve Learned From My Fitness Journey As A 20-Something


I’ve been a fitness enthusiast since I was 12 years old. When I look back at my younger self, it’s hard not to think that he was just a few decades ahead of his time. At that age, how could anyone have known the kind of life they’d live? And yet here I am, now in my 20s, still trying to make healthier choices on my own terms. But why is that so important? Why do people who fall into the fitness habit early on enjoy staying committed for years (or even decades) on end? What lessons can we learn from those who made it their mission to never stop working out?

Fitness is a lifestyle.

It’s not something you can do once and then call it quits, or stop at some arbitrary point in your life. You have to be committed to making fitness part of your daily routine, even if it means getting up earlier than usual and spending less time with friends on the weekend so that you can make it to the gym before work.

It’s also important not to set unrealistic goals for yourself when starting out—instead try setting small ones that will help guide where you want this journey to take place over time (like walking 10 minutes every day). Remember that while exercise is good for our bodies, eating healthy foods is just as crucial because they help us feel better physically AND mentally!

You’ll have to be your own cheerleader from time to time.

You can’t expect others to cheer you on all the time, and you can’t always count on them being there when you need them most. It’s up to you to be your own cheerleader and motivate yourself with positivity, self-affirmation, and other things that will help keep you going when it seems like everything is going wrong in life.

If someone else has tried doing what they do but hasn’t been able or willing (or able) enough yet then they may not ever get there either—so don’t take any advice from them!

Being mediocre is fine.

  • You don’t have to be the best at everything, but you do have to set goals and challenge yourself. If you want to be more fit, healthy and happy then it’s important that you set some sort of goal for yourself (for example: “I will go running every day this week, no matter what!”). Setting achievable goals will help keep things fun and exciting while also keeping your motivation up during tough times when life gets hard or stressful.
  • It’s okay if other people seem much better than you in certain areas of fitness; there are no winners here! The key thing is that everyone has different interests so there’s always someone out there who can teach something new about themselves based on their experience too 🙂

People are more likely to judge themselves than they are to judge you.

You’re not alone if you’ve been guilty of judging yourself. I’ve done it too. But if you want to make a change in your life, it’s important to be aware of how other people see you and how they view your body. Everyone has an opinion about what’s right and wrong with them—even when those opinions are based on nothing more than hearsay or rumor.

They may not even know they’re doing it! It’s up to us as individuals to decide what we want our bodies looked like, but we can’t control other people’s perception of us (or their actions). In fact, studies show that people tend not only judge others but also themselves regularly: “We all do this,” says Dr Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton from the University Of California San Diego School Of Medicine Department Of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences “It’s normal human behavior.”

The best thing about being 20-something years old is that there are no limits on what type of body image one could have—from skinny jeans enthusiast who loves working out at home because she doesn’t have time for expensive gym membership fees;

Your genetics are your genetics, and that’s OK.

  • You can’t change your genetics, but you can still improve your health.
  • Be realistic about what you can achieve by changing your lifestyle, or even switching up your workout routine.

You’ll find that the most important kind of strength comes from within.

Strength doesn’t come from physical strength, but emotional strength. You can be strong when you need to be and then there are moments when you don’t want to be or think you can’t do something—and those are times where your inner voice should tell you otherwise!

I’ve learned this through my own experience as well as watching others succeed at their goals and live their lives with purposeful action. I’ve also seen how hardworking people who have overcome adversity in life often spend hours each day working on themselves outside of work: learning new skills, meeting new people with similar interests and goals (or even just having fun).

Fitness is a lifestyle, and being mediocre (just like everyone else) is fine!

One of the most important things I’ve learned from my fitness journey is that being mediocre (just like everyone else) is fine.

I’ve always been good at running, but it wasn’t until recently that I realized how many other people are just as fast as me or faster.

Also, don’t worry about what other people think: they don’t know you as well as you know yourself! You’ll never get any better if all you do is compare yourself to others—and we all do this at least once in our lives.


I hope that this article has helped you to understand what it means to be a 20-something, and how your own fitness journey can help you navigate the challenges of being young and fit. As we’ve seen throughout this piece, there is no one way to be fit or healthy—everyone finds their own path towards health and wellness at different speeds and in different ways. And although there are many factors that influence our bodies’ ability to age well (like genetics), there’s also something that happens inside every human being when they take time for themselves: their minds start working better again! I encourage everyone out there reading this article today to take advantage of their own unique strengths as much as possible because what matters most is finding ways to make things work for yourself instead of against yourself.

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