A comment I often get from participants and people who know me is how much joy, fun and positivity I bring to them.
But here’s a secret. I wasn’t always like this. I used to be depressed. When I was a teen, I smoked tobacco and told people I wanted to die young. I thought life was pointless.
I often struggled — to fit in, to find my place, to feel “good” about myself, to feel like I could make a difference in the world.
In my early twenties, I studied organic farming in the hope of making a change. But I became frustrated by the politics, by the people using chemicals on their crops, by Monsanto, and on and on.
But, throughout these challenges, exercise has been my medicine. It elevates my mood and gives me power over my life. Exercise gives me an opportunity to learn about myself, to connect with the moment and be present. It also healed my body from pain and trauma caused by repeated accidents.
Exercise is one of the things I have control over. It’s something positive I can do, regardless of what else is happening out there in the world.
I created Choose2be in order to share with others the joy of a healthy lifestyle, especially exercise.
Many of us feel powerless. We don’t know how powerful we are. I want to connect you with your power, with your inner Wonder Woman.
Start small if you need to. If you haven’t exercised for a long time, just begin by walking for 15 minutes a day and build up from there. You will be amazed at the domino effect this will have on the rest of your life. You will find it influencing how you feel about yourself. You will notice yourself making better choices in many areas of your life.
Start with the simple things. Be happy that you can walk, that you can see beautiful things, feel love and be loved. Look at yourself and focus on what you love about yourself. Be positive, cultivate gratitude, and let it grow on you.
There is no quick fix. You can’t buy health. You can’t buy a strong body. You need to create it through every choice you make, from eating to how you see yourself. A great place to start is exercise. You need to make exercise a lifestyle. Do whatever type of exercise you enjoy and find inspiring: walking, biking, weight lifting, yoga, dancing…