I was walking a beautiful, new trail I discovered in my neighbourhood today. I had some great tunes playing on my iPod, the air was fresh and clean, and the sunshine was beaming down on me. I felt wonderful! Suddenly, I looked up and the trail had come to an end.

I was really disappointed because it was my first exercise in a few days and I was having a great time. This week had been busy at work and at home, and I kept telling myself, “I am too busy to exercise,” and “I will just apply myself and get caught up, then I will do something for me.”

I wonder if you have ever thought something similar? Do you sometimes (often?) put the needs of others before your needs? I sense a few heads nodding yes.

Next time this happens, I want you to ask yourself, “Who and what is more important than me?” Hint: the answer is no one and nothing!

I was reminded of two very important lessons during my walk today:

First, by putting off exercising, I was avoiding the very thing that would have relieved all the stress I had allowed to build up. When I move my body, I feel my head clearing and the weight of the world being lifted from my shoulders. I cannot feel depressed or stressed while I am moving. Try it and see if it works for you… I am betting it will!

Secondly, to never let obstacles stop me. They may slow me down temporarily, but anything can be overcome if I put my mind to it. In the past, I might have allowed that dead end to signal that my walk was over, considering it a sign. Today, I just altered my course and continued on.

These lessons apply to all facets of life, not just to fitness. Never let obstacles stop you! Alter your course and carry on!

One of my favourite quotes about fitness is, “No matter how slow you go, you’re still lapping everyone on the couch!” Start moving your body today. It’s not about weight loss (although that might be a positive side effect), it’s about feeling better – mentally and physically.

Even if you only walk around the block, breathe and move your body. Small steps taken consistently, will propel you to success!


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