There is this old man. I know, how every good story starts, right? Ok, give me a chance. I have a point, I promise.
I spot this guy every night on my drive home from work. Around 5PM he goes for a walk. He’s about 90 years old, wears a gray sweatshirt with an orange reflector, jeans, and walks with a limp and a walker. He.walks.every.night. Even in the frigid cold of winter. The man is a legend.
Here’s where it gets interesting. This man, despite his circumstances, pushes himself to move and be active. He walks alone. There are no coaches or trainers guiding him. He takes charge and when he wants to walk, he walks. Who knows for how long or how far but he consistently puts in the effort and (definitely) hard work to keep going. Do you know how much willpower that must take as a 90 year old with a walking disability? I smell an Honorary B for life!
Get where I’m going with this yet?
I know we hear it all the time. Exercise or else. It’s true. Your body is quite literally the only reason you’re able to do what you do, the only thing keeping you going in life. It is a well-oiled machine ready for battle and if you nourish it, will benefit you more than physically. Remember in my first post when I said, ‘this machine you use to breathe and eat and move and think crazy thoughts is powered by how well you nurture it and, if you truly own it, will allow you amazing control over your life physically and mentally’? Well, SPOILER ALERT. That B the truth. This doesn’t mean you need to buy a billion dollar membership to the nearest gym but you can make an effort to exercise. Everyone’s abilities and circumstances may be different but it’s your mindset and the effort you put forth that count most.
Think about it, there’s an old man out there probably making more of an effort than you to exercise. How’s that for motivation? Your body was meant to move, B. Get burning!
Do you have a favorite physical activity or ritual? Share it in the comments section. If you’re looking for some inspiration, I’ve found that it never hurts to try something new. Just go for it!