Back here I shared with you my motivation for getting serious about regular exercise.
I'm pleased to report that since that time I have been successful at making exercise a top priority. I strive for 4 workouts per week.
The other day while following along with the DVD, the instructor made a simple statement that really hit home with me.
She said "it's a great gift to move your body." See what I mean, simple. Although as I thought about it I really appreciated her words in a way I might not have several years ago.
Recently while visiting my father-in-law we were shocked by the physical change in him. It had been awhile since we last saw him and at that time he was noticing some mysterious changes to his health. Now watching him shuffle very slowly with his walker I could only think how frustrating this must be for a man who once ran a company and traveled the world. I'm sure the greatest gift he could receive would be the gift of moving his body the way he once did.
I also think of my sister. In the blink of an eye a stroke took away the ability to move one side of her body. I know, without a doubt, she would consider it a very great gift to be able to move her body once again.
Even though I have now made exercise a priority, I sometimes find I need a boost to my motivation level.
That simple thought... it's a great gift to move your body... is all it takes to put things into perspective for me. It's kind of become my mantra.
As we enter into the gift giving season I thought I'd share this thought with you. Perhaps in this busy season it will provide just the motivation you might be looking for.
A great gift to give yourself.