|Cathy running thru the pink zone at |
The Color Run in Asheville, NC
Stand Tall – When I stand tall during exercise, my muscles can achieve peak performance. Standing tall improves my attitude and gives me a sense of confidence. Surveys of Human Resource Managers shows that job applicants who stand tall during an interview are hired at a much greater rate than those who slouch in with shoulders in a defeated position. Standing tall is as much an attitude as a physical position. I know a lady who is wheelchair bound, yet she portrays an attitude of standing tall. The wheelchair is a circumstance, but it hasn’t affected her confidence in herself.
Reach – When I stretch and reach, my muscles are lengthened giving me a longer, leaner look. Setting health improvement and other life goals should cause us to reach beyond our comfort zones. If I can reach my goals without reaching and stretching toward them, they probably weren’t appropriate goals.
Keep Moving – Any kind of movement is healthier than no movement. When I think I am at the end of my strength, I force
myself to keep moving for another minute or two.
Push yourself. Not quitting will do amazing things for your self-esteem. When
I’m doing a 5K race, I usually breeze through the first mile. The second mile
my body wants to get a little slower and the third mile is torture. I often
want to stop but by then I’m a mile into the race. Heading toward the finish
line only makes sense.
|Cathy and Mary Jane (in yellow shirts) at |
Meet Me at the Fountain Run, Forest City, NC
Choose – One bit of encouragement the instructor offers is that because you made the good decision to exercise, you will likely make other good decisions that day, possibly good food choices. One good choice leads to another and another. Ever hear the phrase: sit, soak and sour? The choices to stand tall, reach, and keep moving will keep me us from stagnating.
|Group Shot after the Race|
Light the Night, Forest City, NC
I hope my experience will help you stand tall in confidence, reach for your goals, keep moving in a positive direction, make good choices, and expect great rewards for your effort.
I’m going out with joy today, thankful for a body that still moves-