Sitting in a coffee shop in San Francisco, I’m reflecting on why I work out. Yes, reducing belly fat is nice. Looking great in your clothes feels good and being healthy is important. But being strong is my motivation.
As a personal trainer, I feel that it is my job to set an example and workout regularly. Do I always want to or enjoy it every time—no, absolutely not. The effects of working out take time to notice, which causes many people to give up, but every day I workout, I know I am getting stronger.
I want to be strong enough to enjoy my visit to my daughter in San Francisco. Why is being strong important? She lives in a third floor walkup—51 stairs (yes, I counted them). Even though I’ve learned to pack light, my suitcase weighed in at 28 pounds, which I had to proceed to lug up the 51 stairs. It seems like the escalators at the MUNI are always broken
, which means more stairs to climb, plus climbing on and off the buses and trains.
Today I decided to hike up Powell Street (I swear it is the steepest street in SF). It was quite a trek but when I got to the top of Nob Hill I had a panoramic view of the city and the bay, and I took a break in the lobby of the beautiful, historic Fairmont Hotel.
I want to be strong enough to go where I want to go, do what I want to do and not have to wonder if I will be physically capable. Many people, as they get older, weaker and larger, let their worlds become smaller. I have slowed down some, but I don’t plan to stop. I never want my body to become a liability that stops me from doing the things I love but rather have it be an asset that takes me where I want to go.
Every woman is a warrior.
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