My inspiration today is Martin Luther King. And I took the liberty of creatively applying some his beautiful words to the fitness realm.
As he was never one to take the easy road ... I like to think that we are all on that same road on some level ... willing to go where others have not, standing strong, seeking something better and something more for ourselves and for others.
When looking at why we exercise .. we move, lift, run ... is there a deeper meaning to why we devote so much time to this?
Is there something new that begins to seep out of us as we discover our physical selves?
I see it in our members. Do you have it too? Or a desire for it at least?
“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” Martin Luther King Jr.
Starting an exercise habit, or any new habit, is the hardest part.
It is brave to walk into a gym, or into anywhere new, and and lay it all on the table. Help me. I wanna get started on a new path. I have a goal. Or I have no goal. I want to get back to my ‘ole self or I want to just feel better, move better, be better.
Walking in that door takes courage ... and bravo to you for doing so.
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.” Martin Luther King Jr.
We train with our minds and our bodies. Perfecting a movement, thinking through every step, practicing, getting it as close to right as our mind-and-body-working-together will allow is invigorating.
But what about character? Is there character-building in building our physical? If there is no carryover into everyday life, then why do it? Do you stand strong for things you believe? Do you jump in and help someone who needs your physical assistance? Does your renewed physical self make you more confident and open with others?
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Martin Luther King Jr.
We train our bodies -- sometimes in discomfort, for example, as a heavy ball of iron is resting against your arm -- or you are pushing with all your might to get a kettlebell overhead. At that moment, nothing else matters -- just that sinlge mental and physical challenge in front of you.
Is a physical challenge much different from the challenges we face at work or with a friend or family member? Sometimes it can feel the same ... and our response? Breathe, think, relax, be strong, take care and be mindful.
“All progress is precarious, and the solution to one problem brings us face to face with another problem.” Martin Luther King Jr.
And so it goes. You PR today. So what about tomorrow? What can you try and master next? Give me something new and watch me rise up to it with renewed vigor. That is the human spirit.
“We must use time creatively.” Martin Luther King Jr.
Most of don’t have all day to be physically active.
And many of us sit for our jobs.
So to fit movement and exercise into our lives, we must be creative -- find a gym or create an environment at home or at work to enjoy some carefree timelessness -- to explore how to move well, move often and move strong. It is so worth it.