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THE JANUARY MINDSET Nurturing and Appreciating What My Body Can Do
app, which has guided meditations and is really approachable, and it’s been great.
My experience at that run inspired me to train for my own marathon, and I’ve done several of them since. I love setting goals and trying to achieve something that seems impossible, and that’s what running a marathon the first time felt like. I know it sounds daunting, but truly, if you make a schedule, anyone — barring physical limitations — is capable of doing it. It takes time, but gradually, you get stronger and more fit. You might be surprised by what you’re capable of when you set your mind to it. More recently, I’ve taken up yoga, and it’s something I love. It’s a great form of exercise that just about anyone can do, and I think everyone can benefit from it. It’s so helpful for improving flexibility as we age because it’s like moving meditation. Speaking of meditation, a fewmonths ago, I started meditating. John has been meditating for years and has always tried to get me to do it. It’s his answer to everything. If our kids are feeling stressed? Meditate. If I’m feeling overwhelmed? Meditate. John is happy I started, and honestly, I am too. I’m a few months in, and I can already see a change. It’s helpful for so many different things that come up in life. I feel like I can focus better, am kinder to myself, and go into the day with a better mindset. Someone recommended the Headspace
Beyond marking the start of a new year, January is extra special for me: It’s
In the coming year, I’d like to continue to meditate and grow in the practice. Even if I can’t fit in a workout every day, I can always meditate, and I’m already noticing the benefits. Because of how much I love to exercise, I have extra empathy for those who’ve had the ability to move, walk, or exercise without pain taken from them because of someone’s negligence. It’s easy to take our mobility for granted until it’s taken away. It’s my privilege to stand up for clients when someone has taken that from them. As much as I enjoy exercising, I still have days where I don’t feel like doing it. Sometimes I’m tired and just want to skip the gym and go home to relax. On those days, I think about my clients, the ones who don’t have the option to go for a run or work out.
my birth month. I’m not a big New Year’s resolution person — I try to live by the mindset
that any day is a good day to make a lifestyle change. Still, between the new year and my birthday, I always take time to reflect on my health, well-being, and any changes I’d like to make in the coming year. Exercise has been a lifelong passion for me, especially group exercise. I’ve loved running since I was a kid. I used to go on runs with my dad, and I think seeing my parents play tennis inspired me to get moving from a young age. In high school, a friend of mine started going to aerobics classes and invited me to join her. I found that I was a lot more motivated when there was someone counting on me. Since then, I’ve tried a bit of everything: Jazzercise, kickboxing, spinning, boot camps, and even triathlons. One year, my friend was training for a marathon, and I went with her to one of her shorter races. I got swept up in the energy: All these people running together created amazing electricity. I loved it.
What a gift it is to be able-bodied , I remind myself.
In the work we do, we’re reminded every day that there are no guarantees in life. It reminds you to live in the moment and not take anything for granted, not even the luxury of a workout.
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