Too often, our current world views getting in shape as a luxury- something to do if you have the luxury of time and money to do so.

Or worse yet- it’s viewed as vain.  We shouldn't care so much about our appearances; after all, that’s shallow (or so the story goes).

Even when people know that a little physical activity can improve their health- it is still a low priority for many Americans.

Perhaps we can see it through a different lens though- another chance to strive toward being better, another of life’s forges that will challenge us, build our discipline, and bring about a better version of ourselves.

The end goal of “being in shape” isn’t what makes us better people- it’s the pursuit, the overcoming of obstacles, and the lessons learned from failure that makes the whole endeavor worthwhile.