As adults, we sometimes give up when things get hard…especially physical things. “I can’t do burpees, they hurt!” “I can’t lift that, it’s waaaaaay too heavy.” “I’m not gonna try. I’m too old for new tricks.” BS people!!! Charge forward! Challenge your body. You’re not too old to see what it can do.
Every day, I watch the twins walk a few steps, fall, and get right back up again. Physical things for them are fun. They try, try, and try again to climb something, open something, walk over to something else.
Lana challenges herself physically all the time. She wants to run faster, or try new tricks. This week, she tried ice skating. I was afraid she’d fall, cry, and want to leave. Instead, she fell, and got right back up. I watched her do it time after time. She’d skate, fall and get right back up…again and again and again. No tears, no frustration. And then it dawned on me — she didn’t mind falling, but she LOVED getting back up! Every time she fell, she got back up faster, stronger. Every time she skated for longer without falling. She was challenging her little body, testing it’s limits, and pushing them. Why do we stop doing that when we get older?
Why are our bodies less important to us as we age? We think more about our health, our weight, or our dress size…but we don’t enjoy challenging ourself physically anymore. We lose the ability to have fun seeing what we can do. We whine about working out…we long for boring days on the couch. Wake up people!! It’s all relative. Maybe you can’t do what you once could, or lift as much, or go as fast and you could in high school, but it’s still your body. Own it, challenge it, and have fun doing it!!