For many, fitness and working out is not a joyful experience. It's hard work, and because things can take time, it's easy to get discouraged when working hard and not seeing the desired results fast enough.
In an attempt to continue to celebrate even the small victories, I have decided to share some of my clients stories. I have always said "It never really gets easier, but you do get stronger." That may not sound like the most encouraging phrase in the world, but think about it. Fitness, and Life, is meant to challenge us. Without challenges, we can't have growth. Somewhere in our society, we were taught to think that one day something will just click, and it becomes easier. Like we'll hit 35 and have 2.5 kids, a successful career, and no more problems. The reality of the fact is, all the challenges along the way have simply made you stronger, so that you're better equipped to handle the challenges of the future.
First up, we have Meredith, a client who has been with me at least two days a week for nearly 5 months. In addition to our sessions, she has added Pilates, spin, and any other group fitness class she can. As a matter of fact, she just finished the Reebok Spartan Race, which had her climbing, jumping, running, and pushing through mud to the finish line (look at that winning smile at the finish line in the photo above).
Meredith is a music industry executive who has never had an active lifestyle as a kid, and now with a demanding job, has realized it's importance in keeping her active and healthy. She works hard, and has never complained or refused to at least try something new. Even when she stumbles and falls, she giggles and picks herself back up and tries again. Today we celebrate Meredith, and the little victories in her new journey.
Not as a child or teenager, but being healthy has become increasingly important in adulthood
Question: Do you enjoy working out?
Yes, I'm a competitive person so I love the challenge and enjoy feeling myself getting stronger
Question: What is the biggest challenge of maintaining your health and fitness regime?
I have a busy job that requires lots of early AM meetings and late night business dinners and events which can really cut into the time I'm able to exercise. I sit at a desk or in meetings when I'm in the office which makes it that much harder to move around and be active.
Question: What is the most rewarding part?
My butt isn't flat anymore!
Question: Who, or what, inspires you to keep going?
Knowing that it improves all aspects of my life - my stress levels decrease, I have a better immune system, sleep better, improved posture, etc.
Question: What new fitness goal or New Years Resolution would you like to accomplish in the New Year?
I want to be able to do a pull up.
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