This video is old, but I saw it just the other day for the first time. It made me think of my ongoing struggle to get back into the swing of things.
This video is relatively new. It was posted by a doctor who is advocating exercise in a very simple, easy to understand way. The statistics quoted should be enough to get you up and moving.
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I hope that you will take the time to watch both videos.
As we get into the thick of the Holidays and the spirit of giving, I can’t help but wonder how many of you aren’t thinking of/giving to yourselves, forgetting that, as much as you want to be able to take care of those around you, if you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be good to anyone.
As daunting as it may sound, taking care of yourself doesn’t mean you have to train for a marathon, like Roger, the gentleman in the first video. As the second video points out, just 20+ minutes a day of walking can reduce your chances of getting high blood pressure by nearly 30%.
What I like about the first video is not that the guy ran a marathon (though that is awesome!) – no. The thing I was most moved by was that he latched onto a reason to get himself moving. Sometimes, doing it for ourselves is not enough motivation. We seem to disregard the concept of self-care, or at best put it low on the priority list. Sometimes what it takes is a cause, a reason. Roger found that cause in his niece and because of that, he was able to find the courage, the strength, the reason to keep going; and he is now a transformed man.
If you are struggling, and self-motivation isn’t enough, do it for a cause, a reason – your daughter, your son, your mother, your dad, your sibling, your spouse, a friend or do as my friend David does in this —>post<— about charity.
I have never bought into the concept that we are destined to remain the shape we have lived with or are currently in – I was a lollipop until after college (big head, toothpick body). You can change your body, mind and soul. They go hand in hand in hand.
Find a reason. Find a cause.
After they thank you for your efforts, you’ll inevitable thank yourself.