by Aimee Hodges, CI-CPT Actively Speaking Contributor
Years ago, I read an article in my favorite running magazine and it forever changed my perspective. When preparing for a weekend 5K run, the author mentioned she felt about as excited as one gets when experiencing a root canal. She allowed her mind to make a menagerie of excuses as to why that Saturday run would most likely be miserable. Upon arriving at the race, she passed a handicapped person in a wheelchair, wearing a giant smile and her perspective instantly changed. Until that moment, she had not fully realized that her ability to run the race was more than an action, it was a gift. That story struck a chord with me, and I have shared it numerous times over the years with my personal training clients. It’s powerful because we’ve all been there, at one time or another.
I realized at the age of 30 that a life without exercise would never be an option for me. Staying active was the only way I could maintain a healthy weight and be the best version of myself. It was that simple for me, and I knew the importance of finding an activity that brought me joy. Our daily lives are full of opportunities to be active. I tend to change my forms of exercise with the season or current stage of life. Anything that elevates my heart rate, from running, biking, hiking, strength training to lifting bales of hay with my husband. The real purpose is to find joy in every activity because your body is capable of completing the task.
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