Exercise is the only thing I know to cure pain from the past. The rest of this blog post is a summary of my latest workout. I’m sharing this to help motivate you and to understand myself.
Each workout has an intention or a purpose, and in the end, something important is learned. Very few workouts are exceptional, some are average, and most are rough, but all are transformational.
Here is the latest footstep into my fit to live journey…
Workout: A Workout to Serve Others
How Did I Feel Before the Workout?
As the week rolls along, I seem to be gaining steam. I’m feeling in great shape, both mentally and physically and am ready to help another with their fitness journey.
Tonight, I am taking my son’s 12-year-old best friend out for his first 10k run. He wants to run a 10k event before the winter, but he is nervous as he has never run this far before. Tonight’s training run will hopefully give him the confidence to take the plunge and do it.
What Was My Intention?
My intention with this workout is to serve. Our fitness journey is not to be done alone; once in a while we need to help others with theirs. I’m not sure what the point of being fit is, if you don’t use your health to the benefit of others.
What Workout Did I Do?
- Run: 9km with 10-1’s (10 minute run with 1 minute walk)
How Did I Feel After the Workout?
I felt awesome. It had been a little bit since I last ran outside at this distance and the fresh air cleaned my lungs. Add to that, the opportunity to help a young runner run his longest distance, made it very a rewarding workout.
What Did I Learn?
My biggest lesson from this workout was that we all have a duty to help others achieve. When those around us level up in their life, we can’t help but level up ourselves. It was an honour to help this young man run this distance, I hope it leads him to a life of continual fitness.
The Story Behind This
Fitness means much more than toned muscles, physical strength and endurance. Building an intimate connection between your mind and body is the true definition of fitness. Life can be tough on you sometimes, and it is only made tougher if that connection is missing.
I spent many years trying to recover from the the fallout of childhood sexual trauma. My mind was continually trying to disconnect from a body that didn’t feel my own. It wasn’t until I discovered exercise that I was able rebuild that connection and become someone whole and worth living for. Every workout is just another chance to get a little closer to who I really am.