By Emily Lyons
Health and Fitness is a huge part of my life. I love being active, but when I don’t have a goal it’s hard to get motivated to exercise. I rotate through several different goals, like signing up for a 10K and having to pay for it. (Nothing is motivating for a poor college student like knowing you’ve spent money on something!) It’s been awhile since I’ve done a group fitness class, so I thought I’d give it a try.
I’m a grad student at Texas State, so I bought a group fitness pass at the campus rec center (Are you seeing the trend? Financial investment = motivation for this girl!) I looked at my class schedule and picked a class based on convenience. It happened to be total body toning, probably the toughest class they offer – insert groan here.
My arms turn to jello, and that’s when my mental focus starts to waver. I think about quitting, about how maybe I’ll just do a couple fewer reps or slack off on this next set up push-ups, and how I’m definitely eating a cupcake – or two – when I get home.
As the communications intern at the Ronald McDonald House, I see a lot kids who are dealing with really serious illnesses. Everyday activities can be challenging for them, let alone serious physical activity. It’s inspiring to see the children and families who persevere despite these challenges, and the Ronald McDonald House provides them with the support they need during difficult times.
I saw this photo (below) on Team Ortho Foundation’s Facebook page yesterday and it was like a punch in the gut. I’ve been complaining because I GET to work out? What if I had an amputation, or cancer, or a million other things that people deal with? I am so glad for the reminder from this photo and the families at RMHC that my health is a gift from God, and I’ll be smiling next time I’m sweating buckets at the gym!
Emily Lyons is a graduate student at Texas State University working toward an MA in Mass Communication. She served as the communications intern at RMHC Austin during the Spring 2012 semester and worked with us on email marketing, graphics projects and website management. Emily is a co-author of the blog Comm Toolbox, a beginner’s guide to communications.