At one time, I lived, breathed, and ate exercising; it was who I was. I ran, stepped, boxed, lifted weights, and practiced yoga. I did it all, and loved it. Until, one day it stopped. Injuries started to happen, bad knees, bad wrists, asthma, and little by little my exercise routine widdled away. Instead of focusing on repairing or adjusting any damage, I became unmotivated. I became sedentary; although I did always stretch and do some form of yoga, it was limited. Who had I become?
Two years ago, I rescued a Maltese mix named Fiona; she has brought so much joy into my life and a few gray hairs. I wake up every morning with a little black nose in my face and a paw clawing at me to get up, and of course, I do! Fiona has not only brought constant smiles and laughter in my life, she brought back exercise! Animals are amazing and everything they do is out of instinct, and one of them is stretching! My 11lb Fiona stretches constantly, when she gets up, before she eats, before we go out, I have never seen so many down dogs in my life!! However, it is beautiful to see her align her body as she does. Alas, I am no longer ashamed to say I do not work out, I DO work out. I joined the gym again; I also joined an incredible website “my yoga online” which is amazing; yoga, meditations, workshops, 24 hours at your fingertips.
One never knows where or how they will get motivated; it can come from the most unexpected places. As we evolve in life so does our outlook, perspective, and of course, our motivation. Many years ago my motivation for working out was for that size 4 dress at Macy’s, today it is how a little dog I thought I rescued, actually rescued me, and taught me the importance of moving my body, making it flow and respecting it again. I love my workouts , I love to feel my body move, I love how I am respecting it and not pushing it beyond its limits.
Life is good, look where your motivation comes from and let me know.