When I was five, my brother, then seven, shattered his arm while pretending to be the wildly famous 1970’s daredevil, Evel Knievel. He had built a bike ramp out of firewood a little too close to a fire hydrant. The collision between my brother and the hydrant landed him in the hospital for three weeks with his arm in traction.
I remember feeling shocked when he returned home from the hospital unable to walk. He had not injured his leg, it was his arm that had been broken. My parents explained to me that his legs had grown weak after spending three weeks in a hospital bed. My seven-year-old athletic brother who was a terrific swimmer and soccer player had lost the use of his legs in only three weeks time.
My parents worked with my brother and he quickly regained the use of his legs. But I learned a lesson from that experience that I still carry with me today. The lesson that I learned… IF YOU DON’T USE IT, YOU LOSE IT!
We must get active. We must get moving. We must incorporate some form of exercise and activity into our daily lives. We often take for granted that which we can move. But if we were to lose the movement tomorrow…we will wish we had done things differently. Don’t wait to see things through hindsight. Get moving today.
I don’t feel well. I can’t walk well. I am tired. I am in pain. Get rid of the excuses. By making excuses, you are sabotaging yourself. Your level of movement will be as unique as we all are different. Some of you may be ready to run a mile. Some of you may be ready to run ten. Some of you may need to ride a bike, go for a swim, or just take a walk. My aunt who has had a stroke just needs to wiggle her feet everyday.
No excuses. Let’s get going. Remember- WHAT YOU DON’T USE, YOU WILL LOSE!
*It is always a good idea to consult your physician before beginning a new exercise program.
Go on. Get started.
You are worth it!
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