240 days of morning workouts, and we are still going stronger. Maybe stronger than day 1.
December 31, 2017, I decided to wake up on my birthday, just as I had every birthday since I can remember, and go out for a run. Since it was my 35th birthday, I went out and ran for 35 minutes. It felt great to get moving, and I knew it would feel great to move each and every morning, first thing in the morning, every day of 2018.
Since that day, I haven’t missed a workout. At first, I just ran. Then I added the Schwinn bike rides, and biked in my garage many mornings. Then I added weight training, and some circuit sessions, then walking, then biking on a real bike – outside, then even yoga, and many times the elliptical in my bedroom, and I even timed myself scrubbing my floors as a workout session one morning. 20 minutes at least, and usually not much longer than that!
I haven’t stopped, and I won’t stop. It’s certainty a part of my daily routine, and it’s not anything that is difficult for me to do anymore. Instead, it’s just a way to wake up, get my body moving, and a way to say THANK YOU to my bod and mind for being able to move easily, without pain, and with purpose. I also haven’t missed a single shower this year. Because there is nothing more rewarding then getting a shower when one is sweaty and has put in some body work!
I started off this workout streak because I wanted to get fit, and stay fit, and now it’s just LIFE. It’s a way to stay strong, stay healthy, age well, and get stronger each day. Fitness comes and goes, and some days I can sprint for 20 minutes, and other days, a walk with walking lunges gets my heart pumping harder than required, but so what! I’m out there for mental health and mental happiness!
I can’t even begin to put into words what a nice way it is to start off each day when you move your body! It’s freeing to wake up, breath heavy, and enjoy these 20 minutes of alone time. I sometimes take the dog for a run, and when it’s the weekend, I most certainly go for a walk with my daughter and husband, or we do a lot of heavy lifting together. She lifts the cans, and I lift the 25 pound dumbbells.
At first, I was extremely particular about my exercise, about not missing my alarm clock, about being exact in my 20 minutes, about getting it down right. Now, I’m cool, calm and collected.
The other day I completely overslept, and I took a quick shower, went to a work conference, came home, took my daughter to a soccer clinic, and then while she played in the park, I timed myself walking fast around the playground. If it was January, I would have been a mess, not knowing what to do with myself, completely thrown off by an obstacle. But now, 240 days in, and 2/3rds of the year behind us – I trust myself, I trust my time, and my schedule, and my desire to move myself – and know I will get it all done, regardless of any hiccups.
Every Monday morning, I always get up at 5am. If my alarm has it’s way, it’s 5am. If my own body clock wakes me up it’s 430am. Today, it was 431am, and I read my novel until 531am, and then I biked hard for 20 minutes. I took a hot shower, made lunches, watched the news and I took my baby girl to school — and I just loved my morning.
Exercise, and getting it done with grace and coolness, and without anxiety and worry and stress and pressure – has allowed me to feel like my life is abundant af. It has allowed me to trust myself a lot more. It has allowed me to enjoy the beauty of every morning, the time we have with those we love, and allowed me to integrate everything together. For a while, I kept my working out separate from life.
Not anymore. It’s all one!
If I’m running alone or with my dog, working out solo or doing a circuit session with my neighbors, pushing the stroller on the weekend, or sprinting down the beach with my kids – exercise is life. It’s an easy way to ENJOY, APPRECIATE and VALUE the time we have here on earth, because we are able to see and feel a lot – when we are heavy breathing! Our emotional states are awakened, and it feels good to be alive! It’s good to FEEL and it’s good to feel good – and that’s what exercise allows us to do.
I track my workouts, partly because I’m super proud of them, regardless of the intensity, but also because of the commitment. It really does feel like self-care when you do something that is good for your mind, your body, your family, and your life.
I am more proud of the fact I haven’t overdone it, than anything else. I’m not out here to set or break personal records, or impress anyone or myself – I’m just out here, taking 20 minutes per day and dedicating it to moving. Because those short minutes, make the day. They set the tone, they allow me to deal with the challenges and frustrations in a better manner than I would have, if I didn’t lift heavy weights that morning. Those 20 minutes also allow the good times to shine.
I can appreciate an awesome day, and I certainty realize that REGARDLESS of what happens or doesn’t happen – it was already a pretty – rad – amazing and super day – because I’m here, breathing in fresh air, and just living and moving. Exercise also shows me that I choose how my day goes, how I feel about it, and how I frame any and all events.
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Cheers to you. Cheers to your own movement – regardless of your how and why. Cheers to feeling really good, really strong! Extra cheers to moving that hot bod each and every day! Sizzle out there, but not only because of the humidity, but because you are fire!