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BE GROUNDHOG FIT! 7 Life-changing Lessons from The Beloved Classic! …and What They Have to Do with

Now is time to start thinking about the New Year—and the New You!

Everyone else thinks the proper time is New Year’s Day.

Why am I the only one thinking Groundhog Day?

Forget about the big holiday events and the new calendar on the wall. By this time most of us have fallen victim to stagnancy and the new year’s kick has faded away.

Let Groundhog Day be the wake up call you need for lasting change.

The beloved and classic comedy has Bill Murray’s cynical and selfish weatherman Phil Connors learning quite a bit by reliving the same day over and over and over.

While we were all laughing throughout the film, we also learned a lot as well.

We Are Our Own Worst Enemy

Throughout the film Connors tries multiple times to woo Andie MacDowell’s Rita Hanson. Despite planning for the perfect day, he fails again and again. The montage of slaps across the face heavily suggests, it’s not her, it’s him.

Accept that fact in your own life as well. Then, more importantly, take responsibility for the actions that will prevent the face slapping in your own life.

Fitness Focus: Your current lifestyle and therefore your health is the sum of all your choices and experiences up to this point. Take a look at your typical day and the habitual actions that may be making it harder for you to take action.

Make Time for Self-Reflection

Connors had no choice living the same day again and again. We do have that choice and a responsibility to do so.

How else are we to take responsibility for our lives and bettering ourselves if we don’t take the time to examine how much we contribute to the pain and unhappiness, the joy and happiness, of our routine days?

Truly look at yourself, turn over every rock you need to, face what is there, and accept all your failings. The even more difficult task than that? Accept and embrace your strengths as well.

Fitness Focus: Have you tried to change your habits and lifestyle before? What worked? What didn’t? How can you use your strengths to make the desired change?

A Life Without Consequence in a Life Unlived

Binge-drinking, one-night stands, bank robbery, even suicide were all escapes and for Connors within the movie. Repeatedly waking up to the same day took its toll. However, his attempts at escape and reckless fun took a different kind of toll. It was boring!

As human beings we need to experience change. We need to be a force of change in our own lives and the lives of others. Living a life in which the days are so routine as to be indistinguishable from each other is not a fulfilling life.

Think bigger when it comes to your life. Act even bigger. Regardless of the outcome, lessons learned and a larger life await.

Fitness Focus: A goal is a consequence you’ve planned. Don’t just do what you feel like doing. Follow a specific fitness plan. Get enough sleep. Eat according to a nutrition plan that will help you achieve your goals!

Growth Takes Time

Phil Connors changed overnight from weary, snarky, selfish weatherman to a happy, content, loving man. That is the advantage to living the same day for years on end.

The rest of us aren’t so fortunate. If we seek our goals and only see our goals, we’re likely to lose our way. Instead we must accept that the change we seek to make will take time. It is best to appreciate and celebrate all the steps we take along the way.

Fitness Focus: The scale will go down and up. Some days you will feel like you can take on the world. Other days you won’t want to get out of bed. Don’t beat yourself up when things get hard. Focus on why things feel difficult, reflect upon what can be done differently, and change the course to get back toward your goal. Habits take time to form.

People Need People

Our actions speak louder than our words ever will. It would be easy to remove ourselves from society completely and say we’ve become better people. The world doesn’t work that way. It is through our interactions with others that we test ourselves, grow, and truly commit to the betterment of ourselves and the world we create around ourselves.

It took a reckless tree climbing kid, an old homeless man, and many others for Phil to realize how good he could be. As mentioned before, this journey will not be short. You too will need others for a fulfilled life regardless of your goals.

Fitness Focus: You don’t need to shun the rest of the world to live healthy. Make fitness a part of your lifestyle rather than the dominant part of your life. Go out with the work crew for Friday Happy Hour! Enjoy the slice of cake, pie, pizza, whatever!

Don't Try So Hard

When Connors was trying to woo Rita Hanson, he failed. While pursuing those things that genuinely interested him such as ice sculpting and piano, he became more self-assured and no longer needed to win. He was able to just be.

Growth takes time. It also takes patience. Forcing multiple changes at once can often lead to failure and bitterness making future attempts at change even more difficult.

Start small and build habits one after the other. Allow the intensity of change to progress naturally rather than forcing it through.

Fitness Focus: Fitness should be a part of your lifestyle, not your lifestyle before all else. In other words, build slowly but always forward. Don’t rush everything at once. Change takes time. Allow your desired lifestyle to integrate with your current life and gradually put an end to the old habits.

Don’t Drive Angry

“You gotta check your mirrors. Side of your eye! Side of your eye! They’re chasing us! Make it fun! Don’t drive angry! Don’t drive angry!”

Fitness Focus: Don’t drive angry! When making change in your life, make those changes out of love. There’s enough hate and dissatisfaction out there. Embrace the changes not because it’s the right thing to do or it’s doctor’s orders. Do it because you genuinely wish to be the change in your life and your world.

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