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Change Your PerspectiveLet’s face it, even the most dedicated exercise aficionados sometimes lose steam or feel a bit unmotivated to take on the next workout. And while that feeling is pretty normal, we can’t let it overcome our commitment to regular exercise.

One way that I get motivated is to change my perspective. I work at a wellness center, where hard bodies are less common than older bodies and bodies that may not have spent a lifetime in a gym. Some of our regulars are amazingly inspirational, such as:

  • The blind man who walks the track and navigates the weight room with his cane;
  • The below-the-knee amputee young mom, who runs, takes classes and competes in races and triathlons;
  • The 86-year-old man and 85-year-old woman who drive to the club daily to push themselves against younger cohorts in land and aqua group exercise classes;
  • The obese woman who must use a walker but who routinely laces her shoes and rides a bike or walks in the pool

And these are just a few of the people I’m privileged to exercise alongside of each week and give me exercise inspiration. If these people can overcome such challenges, certainly I can exercise without complaint, having been blessed with good health, and still clinging fast to some youth.

I read recently that we should change some of our “I have to” thoughts to “I get to” ones – in other words, to recognize the privilege rather than the burden. I try to remember this daily – focusing on how fortunate I am to have a body that lets me exercise consistently.