Today you’ve made time in your busy day to have a workout. You put your world on hold and spent an hour for yourself. What’s the meaning in that? It’s three-fold.
1. You matter. There’s only one of you, and you need to be happy and healthy for a lifetime. Your workout today has given you an endorphin rush, boosted immunity, an effort at disease prevention and/or management, and so much more. Plus, physical health is intimately linked with emotional health. At times when we feel a lack of control over our emotions, we still have the choice to exercise.
2. Others matter. The people in your life deserve the best version of you. Relationships require wholehearted participation by all parties, and sometimes this is no easy feat. Daily fitness, giving time and energy to your own wellbeing, puts you in the right mindset and physical condition to give to others. You exercise because you care about your relationships.
3. Life matters. We have a natural instinct to survive, to be on this planet for as long as possible. We are organic beings with a limited life expectancy, with an abundance of fortune and misfortune that shape our decades. Every day is an opportunity for adventure, moving forward on a journey toward our true potential. A good life requires strong muscles and heart, which only comes from exercise.
Exercise has little to do with calories burned or steps on a treadmill. It is more about an inner desire to live well for ourselves, for those that we care about, and for each day we have the privilege to be alive.