Why Do You Do It?

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I was getting up this morning for my run well before the sun was out. I started my routine to get out the door and just stopped and stood there for a minute. My brain was processing that if I laid back down in bed I could sleep for another hour or even more. It seemed like a great idea. I could run tonight and sleep now, what could possibly make getting up this early a better idea.

I eventually remembered that I have a wife and two daughters that are asleep that early in the morning. Tonight, they will be awake. They will have things they need me to do. They will have funny stories they want to tell me and I will want to spend time with them. Plus, I have other responsibilities that require my time lots of evenings.

So I got dressed to run and went out the door. I knew the reason I get up early at least 3 days a week and run. Running isn’t my life. Running is a big part of my life, but I have to keep it in perspective. My journey to get healthy wasn’t (isn’t) so that I could look good or be proud. It was because I want to spend more time with my family. If I didn’t have my family I would most likely get continuously more overweight and eventually have a heart attack and die. There wouldn’t be a reason to work so hard if we didn’t have people we love?

My question for you is…why do you do it? If you are consistently getting out there and running, walking or a combination of each…why? If you are doing it just to feel better about your appearance I challenge you to take a long hard look at the people who love you. If you are doing to stay/get healthy think about why you want to be healthy.

Someday you are going to have a run or exercise of some kind scheduled and you are going to think why? Why now, why ever? If you already have the answer to that question in the back of your mind it will be a whole lot easier to shut the negativity down and get going.

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