One distinctive feature that makes the two of us identically unique is our passion for fitness. If we could, we would spend all day keeping ourselves in the motion of fitness – from High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) classes to Warrior Sculpt to Barbell Strength to Spin classes to Paddleboading to Biking to Hiking to Running, and everything in between, we would be in a daily fitness heaven. Physically, mentally and spiritually, being athletically fit and the desired motivation that comes with challenging ourselves personally, from a fitness perspective, brings such joy to our lives.
With that being said, we all face obstacles in life. Roadblocks that occur in life do not have to put a stop to being physically active. Such roadblocks may be having a job that requires you travel frequently or having to move to a new city or experiencing a health, financial, or relational distress. No one was created to be perfect, so we will all experience moments in life that challenge us or that take us out of our comfort zone. When those moments come, it is an opportunistic time to reevaluate our frame of reference and learn to stretch ourselves and become a little uncomfortable and explore ourselves from a deeper perspective. This exploration can occur in all areas of life, with one of those areas being the motion of fitness.
If you are new to fitness or are wired to fitness 24/7, congrats, we all share a commonality. We all have a body and based on Sir Isaac Newton’s First Law of Motion, ‘a body at rest will remain in rest unless an outside force acts on it, and a body in motion at a constant velocity will remain in motion. Bodies will continue in their current state, whether at rest or in motion, unless acted on by a greater outside force.’ It is easy for people to remain at rest and get in a comfort zone, but putting your body into motion is such a gratifying experience and the results to your mind, body and spirit can be life-changing for the better.
How can you get into motion? We have so many outside forces that can set our body into motion and take us on diverse fitness journeys. For instance, through weight lifting, the weight you lift with, whether working your biceps, triceps or quads, will put your body into motion and you can set your challenge-zone by the amount of weight you choose to lift. Heavier weight will be more challenging than lighter weight, with different overall results to the body over the long-term. However, please choose weight that meets your goals, that challenges you to the level that is healthy for your body, and/or to meet your current health state. Another example of putting the body into motion physically is going for a run or walk or hike or cycle outside or indoors. You can set in motion the speed you want to work at, the incline, the terrain, and the distance. You can also run, walk, hike or cycle with body weights to add an extra challenge.
Further, when we travel, this does not put our body in rest, we are still in motion and have all of the natural luxuries to incorporate the motion of fitness into our travels. For instance, if you are traveling out to the Pacific Northwest (Seattle area), check out Mount Rainier or the Cascades for a fun and challenging hiking, mountain climbing or skiing expedition, or kayak in the majestic Puget Sound. Or, in New York City or Minneapolis, Minnesota, hop on the public bike sharing system (Nice Ride MN or Citi Bike NYC) and explore the city and its diverse culture by pedal. Or, go participate in a mass muscle up session at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia. Or, go and explore Copenhagen, Denmark or Boston, Massachusetts by foot and immerse yourself in the history of the city.
Our bodies were meant to move and physical fitness is an incredible avenue to put your body into motion. Physical fitness has the benefits of decreasing heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis and obesity, as well as, increasing your self-esteem and confidence – all beneficial to managing the curveballs life may toss your way. It is time to getting moving and enjoy the benefits of a healthy you. So, go ahead, flex that muscle and enjoy the health and wealth of opportunities we have to keep our bodies in motion no matter where we are at in life.