Romantics would say it will be with your significant other. Parents will say it’s your children. Those who are religious are certain it’s with a higher power.
They’re all wrong.
The most important relationship you will ever have is the one you are already having – with your body. It is the one relationship that will last right up until you take your last breath. And if you stop to think about it you will realize that if you don’t make that relationship work you’ll be taking that last breath sooner than you would like.
I want you to imagine the perfect date. This will be different for everybody, but for the most part it will involve food and an activity of some kind. You’ve been waiting for days and you’ve gotten more excited the closer it gets. Whether it’s a first date or a special occasion you want to look your best. You spend extra time getting ready and you’ve agonized over the perfect clothes. When you see your date they take your breath away. They look amazing and smell intoxicating. You go to a nice restaurant where the food is good and the conversation even better. Afterwards you take a long walk, enjoying the evening breeze and holding hands with the one person you want to be with more than anything. It’s a beautiful thing and it should be what everyone experiences.
But what happens if your date shows up looking slovenly and unkempt, smelling not-so-pleasant, takes you through a drive-thru for dinner while the music is blasting so loud there is no chance for conversation, and then takes you to a movie you don’t want to see? This is not someone you want to be with and you can’t wait to get out of there.
And yet every day this is exactly what we do with our own bodies We abuse them, neglect them, and treat them with total disregard as if they will simply take care of themselves. And to a certain degree they will. Just like a long-suffering wife with a cheating husband. Your body will take as much as it can. And then one day – it just can’t take any more. A woman who has had enough will leave her husband. And when your body has had enough it will leave too – only it’ll take you with it.
If you want to love your body you’ve got to treat it like you already love it. Be good to it. Cherish it. It’s the only one you will ever have. Give it fresh, whole, nutritious foods that it evolved eating. Give it exercise so that it will be strong and beautiful. Treat it like it is your most prized possession because in truth – it is. It is the one thing you came into this world with and the one thing you will have until you leave this world. Just as humans respond to kindness and compassion, so too does your body respond when you are good to it. But being good to your body does not mean taking it easy. It means giving it equal doses of pampering and pushing. Test your body to see what it’s capable of. It will surprise you and excite you. Give your body what it wants, needs, and craves – attention. Just as you spend all that extra time getting ready for the perfect date, spend extra time doing nice things for your body. I promise it will come back to you tenfold.