Monday, March 10, 2014
I'll admit, when I first started exercising again, I didn't really look forward to it. In fact, there were days when I simply dreaded going to the gym (or even going for a walk). But, over time, I really started to enjoy it - focusing on things that I liked doing helped make it easier, and I found the clarity in thinking (and sometimes a little time to myself) became something I really looked forward to. And, now I find I miss it if there is a day when I don't get some exercise.
Recently, a good friend was in a climbing accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down. While she is making amazing progress in rehab and has started walking again, literally against all odds, there are some interesting observations she has made - including around balance. She often feels like she has to lean really far forward in order to feel upright, but when looking in the mirror, her posture then looks perfectly normal. It's an interesting connection between the brain and her physical body.
It got me to thinking about how exercise really is a privilege, not a chore. I am blessed that I am able to use my body without having to think about my posture (at least as much as she does), and I should be taking full advantage of that and enjoying it every day. I am no longer going to take this for granted, and instead, enjoy it.
My friend has a lot of people praying for her (literally around the world), and she has such an incredible attitude that I have no doubt she will make a full recovery. And, she has taught so many of us so much through all of this. So, Laura, I want you to know that I thank you and I think about you and pray for you every day. And, I want you to know what a positive influence you are having on so many people. Thank you for your continued inspiration.
And, I ask the readers of this blog post - how do you see exercise - as a privilege or as a chore? How can you reframe it in your mind so that it really is a privilege and something you enjoy? It's amazing how much easier it gets to stick to your routine when you see it as anything but a chore.
Just some thoughts for today.
All the best,