The recipe to health and happieness: 1 part sweat, 1 part fuel, 1 part confidence.
It's a multifaceted equation, but once balanced and achieved, has the power to ignite the best version of yourself.
Sweat More, Bitch Less
Movement is euphoric. We humans are made to move and when we move we spread our wings and fly. We defy gravity. And we get happy. Really, really, happy.
The minute you start moving, stretching and sweating your body is encouraged to release hormones that relax and rejuvenate your body, release physical and mental tension, and also boost your ‘feel good’ hormones. Through these mechanisms, physical activity teaches you that you are capable of so much more then you ever imagined.
Fuel Your Soul
Food should not be precieved as a dirty little F word. Rather, it is survival, celebration, and tradition. It is how we share, socialize and honor one another.
Your body is smart, trust it is craving what it needs. Figure out what works for you and go with it. If you have a trusting and respectful relationship with food, your food will honor and respect your mind, body and soul right back.
So don't be afraid to eat chocolate when your heart wants it and kale salad when your body needs it.
You only live once, eat and live in the moment and fuel your life the right way.
It is often the simplest truths that are the most profound: love yourself, and the world will love you right back.
Real happiness comes from within, being content, being proud, being inspired and getting the most out of life, out of each moment by being the utmost version of yourself.
It's really quite a magical thing, once your dreams become your reality, wholeness is achieved.
For me, personally, running is the epitome of this ideology.
Running is my passion. It is what I love to do. When I run I am free, free from obligations, free from worries, free from life. When I run, I run for me and only for me. I run to PR for myself and no one else. I run for the high, to be alive, liberated, empowered and inspired. I run to be better then I was yesterday.
When racing, I keep my head centered and body relaxed. I am not constantly grazing at my lanes left and right of me. I don't let the fear of other racer's pace slow me down, distract me from my goal. The only person I am competing against is myself. I keep my eyes on the prize. And I stride powerfully, all the way through.
Bottom line: take a moment, live in that moment.
Refocus your reward. Take a chance. Go at you're own pace. Blast your music as loud as you want. Take as many water breaks as you need. Don't let the doubt of fear stand in your way. Find your fire and light it up. And keep that head held up, focused on your own lane so you don't miss out on any of the gifts destined for your own path of greatness.