Before the clock struck 6am, I was already thinking about the fact that Biggest Loser starts again a week from tonight. A whole new season of inspiration awaits me and so many others who regularly are motivated by these incredibly strong willed contestants. Lately, when I am finding it tough to get through my own personal workouts, I find myself visualizing the faces and bodies of some of these people and what their determination “bought” them in just 7 months.
Inspiration comes to me, also, from my students, who despite their busy schedules, age or health issues, push themselves daily to accomplish what they know will benefit them in the long run. In fact, just the other day, I found myself on a running trail behind one of my SilverSneakers students. For anyone who thinks that program is for the elderly and frail, think again. When I next saw him in class, I asked him how far and how often he runs and learned that every weekday morning he completes a four miler to log 20 miles a week. Though I don’t know his age, SilverSneakers is for the “65 and over” age group and this man, Paul, has been my student, in this particular program, for as many years as I can remember!
I am inspired by the man on the P90x video, who manages to get through an entire legs and back routine on only one real leg, the other a prosthetic device. This guy can do more on either of his legs, than most can do on both of their own real ones, together!
I am inspired by some of my co-workers, 10 and 20 years older than me, still healthy, youthful in body and mind and teaching regularly while other’s their age sit idly and complain about the aging process.
These are just a few of the people that inspire me. With just a couple of days left before we plunge into our new year’s resolutions, I encourage you to think about what motivates you and get some mental images imprinted in your brain. I promise those images will help you achieve your own fitness goals in 2010. I also promise to be here daily, hoping I might in some small way, inspire you, too!
Now go get busy!