Exercise - What it means to me
Please don’t turn away so quickly just because I intend to talk about the E word. That’s right. Many people are so opposed to exercising it has become like another 4 letter word.
I write today because I was completely moved during exercise this morning, pun intended. Today I was able to do U-Jam (hip hop type aerobic dance class). The bonus was the class was taught by my favorite U-Jam instructor, John. This guy can move. Whether you want to exercise or not, it’s worth it to go to his class just to watch him move. The big deal about today is that it’s the first time I’ve been able to exercise in the past 6 weeks or so. I’ve been doing some heavy energy work which has led to a lot of detoxing in my body. This has left me feeling under par, to say the least.
John usually plays some strong, inspirational music during the cool down and like I said I am completely in awe of his movement. During the cool down today, I became so emotional with the thought of wow I completed the class, and on a bigger scale WOW I’ve been diagnosed with cancer and I can move. It was one of those moments of complete appreciation for life that brought tears to my eyes. I felt happy to be alive, happy to truly FEEL alive, happy to be able to move, and so grateful to be able to exercise.
Many people complain about exercising, but I challenge you to TRULY consider how fortunate you are to have the capacity to exercise. I feel fortunate that I do enjoy exercising, I’ve rarely looked at it as a chore. So, to not be able to do much more than walk the past 6 weeks was emotionally challenging. And I also look back at this cancer diagnosis compared to the first when because of surgery and chemo I wasn’t able to exercise for 8 months or so. Some days, a walk to the neighbors house 40 yards away was considered a success. I am absolutely thrilled that today, not only did I take Oliver for a walk, I completed 60 minutes of inspiring, exhilarating, and lively U-Jam.
I hope this blog helps you to appreciate the consistent movements your body is capable of doing and to challenge you to increase the movement you allow your body to experience.
In love and health,