We all know that we’d like to have a decent level of energy, and that we’d like our doctors be pleased with our blood work. We know we don’t want to end up with diabetes, and we’d like our clothing to fit us properly. We all want to be in “good shape”… or do we?

Some of us would just like to feel at peace. To feel loved, and to be satisfied by our careers and personal lives. In our modern society, many of us would just like to take good care of our loved ones and call it a day. Isn’t that enough? 

It isn’t easy figuring out how to break free from sacrificing ourselves, our bodies, and our time for other people. In fact, many of us were taught by watching our parents that simply being a “good person”, along with a moderate degree of self-betterment, is enough.

As we become more responsible adults it can all seem like quite a lot. It reminds me of the Radio Head Song, ‘Fitter Happier.’  Once we get all the items on the ‘To Do’ list checked off, do we really feel better?

At the end of the day, dedicating time to take of our bodies may just be the most important investments we could make. And so too that idea becomes overwhelming. 

There is a problem with always grasping for the next goal. Unless we become aware of our existence in this very place, at this very time in our lives, our ability to just live in the present moment and to be grateful for what we have is limited. I believe it is very difficult to feel gratitude when you feel anxiety, though some say it is quite possible to feel both. No matter what, we need to keep breathing and keep learning to be aware and truly mindful of our own needs, and our selves. Not just other people. 

So when does that workout start becoming a priority? For many it starts when they realize just how much their lack of health and wellness is limiting their ability to connect in a meaningful way with other people. For others, it’s when they suffer an injury and they don’t want to be hurt again. Some people start prioritizing fitness because they refuse to go up yet another size in clothing.

Personally, I joined the Team in Training when I had chronic headaches and lock-jaw. At the time I was working a full-time corporate job while also acting as the primary care-taker for my dad after he suffered a stroke. I decided to sign up for an event, so that I would need to dedicate time to my body. It was the perfect way to feel as though I was still contributing to society. I could help raise money to find the cure for cancer and also take care of myself at the same time. 

If your neck is stiff, or your back is tight, if your knees are aching more than usual, or your doctor is furrowing her brow when she looks at your blood work; take a deep breath and think of your body and your mind in this very moment. This one: right here, right now.  

Now, get up, put your sneakers on and go for a walk. Or, take your shoes off and stretch. Reach for the sky and keep breathing.

Look at your calendar, and make a date with yourself. The time has come.  If you’re still reading this, you’re quite aware. It’s our time to take good care of one another. We can do it. You’re probably going to need to tell someone, and that person can help you. You’re going to start working out. Each week, one to two times per week, take it easy and start slow.

Just begin!