Updated: Dec 7, 2018
Just get moving.
Every morning, I tell myself to get moving.
Honestly, there are days where it takes a heap of courage to jump into my routine at 4:15 am. “Can’t I just sleep in for once?” “Is it really that time already?”
“I don’t know if I can do this today.”
Hesitantly, I force the covers off myself and make my way to the bathroom. I’m up. I’m up. I’m up.
A quick 10 minutes later, I’m out the door. The garage opens, I start my car and back out of the driveway into the darkness of the very early morning. I begin to pull myself together and set my intentions for the next few hours. The rest of the day can wait.
I enter the studio and go about my well-rehearsed routine. Like thousands of mornings before, I know I’m alive and well. The life force within me is, once again, waking up for the start of a powerful workout.
As the brave souls of the early morning begin to walk into the studio and prepare for class, I get a sense of the energy. Some days it’s light and bubbly, other days it’s sticky and sometimes it’s downright thick and heavy. Here we go - class begins amidst a few moans and groans and maybe a little laughter. It’s game-on. For the next 45 to 75 minutes, we focus on breathing, moving and challenging our bodies. There is no room for distractions. Maybe it’s a core strengthening day or an emphasis on chest, back and shoulders. It may be an intense indoor cycling class or challenging intervals on the waterrower. Whatever the workout, it’s about breathing, moving, raising our energy, shedding negativity and what doesn’t serve us. It’s a daily habit that arises from discipline and the experience that we are just better versions of ourselves after a workout.
As the class moves along from the beginning, to the middle, to the end, the mindset that challenged me as my alarm sounded at 4:15 am is gone. The doubt, the sleepiness, the tinge of anxiety for the day has transformed into another amazing start to another amazing day. The resistance that I felt at 4:15 am has changed into hope, excitement, happiness and general feeling of positivity that affects every minute of the day.
Tomorrow, I’ll do it again. My alarm is set for 4:15 am. It’s time to get moving!