The ‘Gangnam Style’ Guide to Fitness

“Jack!” shrieked the voice on my office phone’s intercom. “Jack! What are you doing?”

“Ummmmm… working?” I answered.

Forty-five seconds later, after the laughter on the other end finally subsided, the voice of Drew, one of my co-shirkers… I mean, co-workers… almost screamed at me: “You gotta see this music video… It’s called “Gangnam Style,” and I’m forwarding the link RIGHT THIS SECOND!”

There’s a little unexpected magic happening in this vid, and it got me thinking that there’s something in it that those of us on a weight-loss or healthy-living journey could incorporate into our lives in order to be more successful.

You gotta be half psycho.

South Korean rapper PSY, took his stage name from the first three letters of the word “psycho.” I’ve learned that you need to be a little twisted to live healthy in a world that sets you up to fail. Supersized portions, Lazy-Boy lifestyles, faster-than-instant gratification… you really have to swim against the current if you want to reach your health goals.

Don’t worry that everyone thinks you look ridiculous

Chances are, you look ridiculous. On my first trip to the gym, I had to ask somebody which direction to walk on the treadmill. I’m still a little self-conscious every time I try a new exercise or jump on a piece of equipment that I’ve never used, but I’ve come to realize that…nobody cares. I’m serious! They’re there to do their own thing, and if they’re thinking about you at all, it’s probably just to silently root for you to succeed.

Aspire for more

The district of Gangnam, which literally means “south of the river,” is the most coveted address in Korea. Only about one percent of Seoul’s population lives there, but the majority of its residents are very well-to-do. The average Gangnam apartment costs over $700,000, which would take an average South Korean household 18 years to earn. Like our health goals, it’s good to have a lofty goal – one that may even seem unattainable – in front of us.

It’s got to get stuck in your head

In order to succeed, eating right and exercise have to stick with you, have to be an everyday occurrence, have to become an ingrained habit. From my experience, having something truly become a habit is a longer-than-you-think process. But once it’s truly ingrained, the going get so much easier.

No matter where you are with what you’re doing, whether you’re just getting started or oh-so-close to your goals, remember this: the world around you is filled to the brim with inspiration. Everything you come across can be used to fuel your adventure. Make everything you come across–be it a book, a phone conversation or a silly video by a South Korean rapper–a tool to help to drive you forward.

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photo credit: KOREA.NET – Official page of the Republic of Korea

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