Becoming fit and healthy is not only a commitment, it’s a mindset. We all wake up in the morning on occasion, wanting that extra half hour of sleep, wanting to not only press the snooze button, but turn it off all together. It’s easy to fall into unhealthy habits and routines, and much harder to commit to wholesome ones. But the benefits of doing so are not only advantageous, they can sometimes be miraculous.
I no longer look for excuses. Even if I encounter a night of insomnia or indulgence, I make sure to bounce back to my regular routine in the morning. No matter how challenging it may be at the time, I always feel better afterwards. A dear friend of mine, Sarah Robarts, wakes up every morning at 5:30am to fit in her daily workout. She is a single mother of two, owns her own successful business and sometimes works late into the night, yet she never strays from this practice. If the kids are at home she’ll pop in a DVD, if she’s alone, she go for a hike or an early morning class at the gym. When she’s out of town on business, she’ll do yoga in her hotel room or go for a run in a local park even in inclimate weather. Every time I feel like succumbing to the comfort of my couch, I think of her. This gives me the strength to keep moving, even if it’s just to go for a walk. Yes, the weather in LA is obliging for those who want to stay fit, and there are yoga studios and gyms on every block. That doesn’t mean those who live elsewhere don’t have options.
I visit Pennsylvania several times a year to see my family. In the summertime, I run in the humidity, relishing the detoxifying effects I feel as my body is drenched with sweat. In the winter, I go for long walks, climbing the summits of the Gettysburg Battlefields, scaling the stairs that lead to the tall observation towers over and over until my legs are fatigued. I always have a podcast yoga class on my iphone after a long plane ride when my body is in need of a good stretch. I used to break my routine on occasion. During those times, I noticed how different I felt; my energy level drastically dropped, my head was more muddled, I didn’t feel the elation I normally encounter after a vigorous workout.
We can all come up with a plethora of excuses as to why today is a bad day to exercise or eat healthy. For every excuse, there is a door of opportunity, and it takes determination to see it, but once you do, and you commit to pass through with resolve, the benefits you reap will be astounding.