This fitness motivation post is sponsored by Skechers and Linqia
Original photo courtesy Unsplash
What’s the most elusive fitness ideal that exists? Is it 6-pack abs, nice shoulders, or “thigh gaps” (just plain destructive)? Nope, it’s motivation to move that will last a lifetime. That’s a tricky one for even the fittest person. Striving for those physical benefits of fitness aren’t bad things, but they can keep a person motivated for only so long. What happens when just moving is a challenge and just staying active is the goal, or you enter a different season in your life and those physical goals are no longer as important to you?
I recently joined a campaign with Skechers in support of the American Cancer Society and Breast Cancer Awareness to share what motivates us to run and move. It got me thinking about deeper motivations beyond the physical aspects of fitness, the resilient people I have trained, and my family and relatives who are struggling with chronic health problems.
When it all comes down to the wire, what keeps people moving? When moving gets hard and just waking up every day seems difficult, some people still manage to scrape together the courage to stay active day after day. What keeps me moving through stress, pain, life chaos and health uncertainties? A common theme in all of this is being grateful.
That might seem like an odd way to stay motivated, but being grateful is the best way to actually enjoy fitness and make it a priority for life. Let me explain:
Movement and health are gifts that many people don’t have. Many people can’t run, swim, or hike because of poor health, disabilities, and cancer. For some, just walking across the street would be a luxury. We often take movement and good health for granted until it slips through our fingers, then we wonder where it went. I have trained many clients with chronic health problems like MS, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia, and one of the things they miss is being able to do the activities once enjoyed. Savor each moment and be grateful for the little things like being able to walk, because for someone else, that is a BIG thing!
Tomorrow is not promised to us, and we never know how long our good health will last. We should be grateful for every day we wake up! I want my days to be full and I don’t want to miss out on life. I have been having health issues lately that get me discouraged and pain that makes it hard to stay active, but I am grateful I still have good health when I see what people around me are struggling with. And that keeps me moving 🙂
Be Grateful: movement and good health are gifts
Skechers Performance Division proudly supports American Cancer Society in the fight against breast cancer with a special collection of products. In addition to the “Awareness” footwear and apparel line, Skechers Performance Division is offering a donation to American Cancer Society, and all of the Skechers Performance Division Awareness apparel and footwear will feature the ACS logo and messaging. They are also hosting the American Cancer Society San Francisco Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, and will be donating a percentage of proceeds from the sales of Skechers shoes on-site that day. Skechers also launched a register round-up program last month in Skechers Retail stores where customers can round up their purchase to the nearest whole dollar to benefit American Cancer Society
Check out Skecher’s line of Awareness shoes!
My favorite style – how cute are these!