It is raining...again. This weather really does not inspire me to want to much of anything except go back underneath my covers, pull out a book, and start reading until I drift off into some kind of dream like state. But that is certainly not my reality (at least during the work week). Instead, my reality includes a rather active lifestyle that involves a job that has me working 10 hrs a day, several blogs on the side, a passion for cooking, and oh yeah, I am also a fitness instructor!
Most days I choose to exercise. I do it for many reasons aside from the fact that it is a job. However, I would be lying to you if I just wrote that it had to do with the health benefits associated with being physically active, even though that is one of the reasons I choose to exercise. I would also be lying to you if I told you that the primary reason for my exercising was because according to the American Heart Association, 80% of cardiac events in women could be prevented if women made the RIGHT decisions in their lives, such as choosing to exercise. These reasons are good enough for almost anyone to make the decision to change their lives and become more physically active, however after having been exercising regularly for more than half of my life, exercise is part of my life. It is non-negotiable and happens at least 5 days / week for about 60-90 minutes each time.
Yes, there are days that I do not want to put myself through the motions of my feet pounding around Boston's pavement as I run 5 miles, or go through another set of front shoulder raises with the 8 lb weights (does anyone have some 3 lb weights in the area???), but I do it. I might be sore the next day, my body might tell me to do yoga one day instead of running, and I will listen to that. However, I am at the point where I feel far worse if I do not exercise versus if I do exercise. Upon finishing my workout I feel healthy, light, clean, energetic, calm, and happy. I take pride in myself. Exercise and staying physically fit and active is one of those reasons.
There are so many excuses people give so that they do not have to take that first step - none of them work for me. 1 back surgery, 3 knee operations, 1 stroke, 1 heart surgery - exercise was not the cause for any of these tragic events, but it was what helped me to recover from each and everyone of the events. Start small, and think big. Only you can choose to make it happen. Your health and heart will thank you.