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'Exercise Is A Privilege' And Don't You Forget It!

Posted Dec 28 2007 11:12am 5 Comments
Hey everyone, I'm back from Christmas vacation now! It was a fun time to get away for a few days, spend some time with family I don't get to see but once a decade (at least that's what they think!), and enjoy the reason for the season together with my beautiful bride. We're doing okay since the news we received about our IVF and it's been an amazing experience feeling the prayers and thoughts of so many of you this past week. THANK YOU!!!

Since it is late as I am typing this with my eyes drooping hard and Thursday is my birthday (36 and counting!), I'd like to share a quick column from my friend Nicki Anderson at Reality Fitness who wrote an outstanding piece in her "Happy Monday" column this week you WON'T want to miss if you are even the least bit down and discouraged about your health and fitness. Just as I have blogged about Nicki here and here recently, you're in for a healthy dose of inspiration and the truth in love. ENJOY!

Exercise Your Healthy Living Options!
By Nicki Anderson

No matter how out of shape you believe you are, there is someone that feels more out of shape.

No matter how “fat” you feel, there is always someone that feels “fatter.”

No matter how slow you need to start to get back to good health, it’s a starting point, and you can only go up from there.

No matter how frustrated you may feel with your level of fitness, you have the choice to do something about it, some do not.

Exercise is a privilege.

No matter how many times you have stopped and started an exercise program, it will eventually stick!

No matter how much you reminisce about the 6-pack you had at one time, that was then, this is now!

No matter how much you wish you had run that 5K under 30 minutes, there is someone just wishing they could have the choice to run. You have the choice to do something about it, some do not.

Exercise is a privilege.

No matter how much you wish you could have longer legs, tighter abs, hoisted rear, your genetic hand has been dealt. Why not focus on what you can do, versus what you cannot do?

No matter how many diets you’ve been on, you are not exempt from success, you just need to discover the perfect approach that works for you.

No matter how many times you have been told you “can’t,” there’s that voice inside saying, “You can”--turn the volume up on that one.

No matter what size you are now, focus on taking steps toward better health. You have the choice to start, some do not.

Exercise is a privilege.

No matter how scary it may be to step in to the gym all alone, there are 100 other people feeling the same way. Everyone has to start somewhere.

No matter how many times you wish you could go back to the weight you “once” were, you are where you are, acknowledge it and move ahead.

No matter how out of breath you are when you start to exercise, you’re doing it, lucky you! You have the choice, some do not.

Exercise is a privilege.

No matter what you may have read in magazines or seen on a commercial, there is no such thing as “fast and easy” when it comes to reclaiming your health and fitness. So, think about the fact that exercise is a choice, why not make it yours. Just remember that exercise is a privilege, not punishment for an imperfect body so make 2008 YOUR year for feeling great!!!

I'll be back blogging again real soon with some extra special surprises in store for January 2008. Stay tuned!
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Great reminders and inspiration! Thanks!

Thanks for this! I have struggled with trying to remember that no matter how beautiful or fit I think that girl across the room is, I cannot and will not ever be like her and I have to accept that. I must accept that I am who I am. My son and my husband love me and what is more important than having people who love you telling you you are gorgeous? So everyone thinks that other girl is hot; she still might be lonely too. Instead of hating her, I should try to strike up a conversation with her and get to know the girl inside. I think if we all try to befriend someone we’re jealous of, we might find our jealousies ceasing and our friendships increasing.

A good friend of mine once said "Any time one leg will follow the other one out of bed it's a good day." Sometimes we forget how fortunate we are. If you're ever feeling sorry for yourself stop by the local nursing home and volunteer to read to someone who's bed ridden. It'll give you a new outlook on the state of your heath.

Hi Jimmy,

thank you for sharing Nicki's column - she helps us view exercise a different perspective. Now maybe we could rename the term "WORKout" with one that has a more positive and inspirational connotation.

Nicki is an amazingly inspiring woman and I am grateful to call her my friend, Anne. She has dedicated her life to making workouts be more enjoyable like play. But PLAYouts might be too apropo! LOL! THANKS for your comments!
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