While I am not using my Facebook page, my Twitter or this blog as a platform to promote religious or political ideals of any sort, I feel that it is safe to give mention to Fat Tuesday and the religious season of Lent that follows it.  Why might you ask?

Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras in French, marks the last night of gluttonous eating before Lent begins.  So with today being Fat Tuesday and all the local bars and restaurants capitalizing on that, I feel the need to address how Fat Tuesday, Lent and fitness can be connected to each other, religious or not.

Christians celebrate 40 days and 40 nights of Lent, a time of sacrifice and enrichment.  A common tradition is to either give something up or develop a new, positive habit.  For those who prioritize fitness or are thinking about making fitness a greater facet of their lives, this is an awesome concept!  For 40 days and 40 nights, something such as eating fast food, drinking alcoholic beverages, stopping off at QuikTrip in the mornings for a sugary coffee drink, etc. can be given up.  Alternatively, a new habit such as doing cardio for 30 minutes daily, being better about vitamin and water intake, lifting three times a week, can be adopted.

All of the major religions have some practices that are absolutely beautiful and just make sense.  I’m not telling you how to worship or even to worship.  But the challenge of giving up something or adopting something positive for 40 days is good.  No?

With today being Fat Tuesday, even if you’re not celebrating it because Lent begins tomorrow, look at the choices you make that relate to your body and see if you are willing to accept the challenge of making one improvement for 40 days and 40 nights.  Let’s make Fat Tuesday into Fit Tuesday!