The “Backseat Fitness Paradox”

Welcome to Val Cup day – the soccer tournament our younger cousins put together to pay respect to our Grandpa Val who passed away a few years ago. I love how these young boys have run with it…makes me a little emotional.

But, before I head over this afternoon, I want to revisit a concept I’ve been tinkering with for over a year:

The Backseat Fitness Paradox

It goes something like this:

We’re one of those selfless people whose needs take a backseat to our family, work, and other important things.

When we do take time to take care of ourselves, we feel guilty about it.

We’ll think, “Why am I spending 45 mins after work at the gym? That time could be better spent on the people who depend on me.”

But then again, we know we should be working out. That’s how we stay fit and strong. So, when we don’t train, we feel guilty about that too.

You see the problem here? You can’t win…

Until today.

The Crew is shifting our mindset. And here’s how to implement the change…

Start by giving yourself permission for just 20 minutes per day for your fitness. That’s it.

20 minutes of fitness each day is kinda the introductory number to see substantial progress.

No, it doesn’t seem like a lot, but it’s enough to build a daily habit like the Daily Motion, a walk, a quick bike ride, etc…whatever gets you moving.

Don’t let this get out…but, even 20 minutes every other day is enough to get you going.

Now, if you’ve found yourself feeling guilty about taking time for yourself, know one thing:


It’s not selfish at all. In fact, you’re no good to those people as an out of shape, no energy, bad example. Taking care of yourself is the best way to take care of those you love – they’re getting the best version of you.

You know how on a plane they tell you to put on your oxygen mask first so you can help those around you? Same thing.

It ain’t selfish. It’s necessary.

You’ve got this!

Your #1 Fan,
Jeff Pelizzaro

PS – No BS, 20-minutes of exercise per day is plenty to start building that habit. Don’t go too fast, or you’ll never stick with it.

If you’ve already built up to 40-ish minutes, then I encourage you to start your free 18STRONG Membership trial.

I don’t know much, but I do know that when my workouts dramatically help me play better on the course, my brain won’t let me quit doing them.