“Wow! I’m actually all healed up from the cycling accident and scary, cancer scare surgery!!” These were the words I excitedly called and told Terri Good, my friend and owner of Infinity Training Center, the other day. Only for her to say, “That is the first line of the blog you’re going to write and turn in to me by Friday!” (Gotta love her!)
Having rheumatoid arthritis, I know all too well, what it’s like to take your body and or health for granted. There are days that functioning on a normal daily basis is about all I can do, but on most days I will push through the pain, knowing that physically and mentally, moving is what my body and brain needs. SO, I was already tossing this topic around. I get told a lot how inspiring I am, pushing forward, continuing to work on my fitness journey with all that I have and can endure. It’s really not that hard for me…it’s what I know HAS to be done…it’s not a question of “will I”, or “can I”, it’s a, “I HAVE TO”…to keep my heart healthy, to keep my bones in good working order, to keep my weight at a comfortable level and most of all, to keep my mind free of the stress that we all know is a huge daily factor!
Enough about me! What are doing to keep from taking your body and health for granted? Isn’t it funny that we regularly get our car serviced and maintained because we recognize in the long run we are saving ourselves money and heartache, and yet we consistently forget to treat our most valuable machine, our bodies, with that same respect? When we feel good, we feel good! It’s sometimes not even something we think about as needing to nurture. It isn’t until we’re told we’re sick, or we accidentally injure ourselves, or we take that same staircase up to work, when we realize that..WOW! My legs won’t take me where I want to go! Why am I panting? Where did that extra 10lbs come from?
I challenge you all…for 30 days…to consciously think about your body. What it does for you on an average day. The adventures it takes you on during a vacation! Being able to perform your favorite hobby, or just walking with your kids! Take note, and then begin to think about (if you haven’t already) how you can start a practice of even the smallest things, to stop taking your body/health for granted. Simple stretches before bed? Walking over your lunch? Or maybe joining the gym! Take it from me…someone with what could be, (if I let it!) a crippling disease, and with an infectious love for adventure and living life to the fullest. Don’t wait until the simplest things get taken away and you realize that this particular problem could’ve been avoided with just a little bit of acknowledgement for your body. Treat and feed your body with the love and respect it deserves, it is truly the only one you’re ever going to have… enjoy it. Enjoy life with the utmost quality that you can by making a few simple good choices and then maintaining those, and continue to build upon them.
If you’re having trouble finding where to start, and how, please don’t hesitate to reach out to any one of the trainers here at the ITC. We’re all here to help you in any way we can, and we’re all very passionate about this topic. Reach out and start living to your full potential!!
ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Health Coach