Bree: Sometimes the reward isn’t physical results-
When I first began working out on a regular basis, it was something that I did to de-stress and get some much-needed alone time. After being surrounded by people and information all day, a workout in a new gym, surrounded by strangers was exactly what I needed.
Though I still love my alone time and I look forward to any workout that brings some solitude to it, being active has brought me something new lately – the company of other active people. Around Christmas, the other members of my family started working out regularly, so I now get to see my mom at 6 a.m. a few times a week for Spinning and we try to get in some strength-training together on the weekend. My friend (and fellow blogger), Tara, runs with me and we hit the gym a couple of times a week. I try to drag her to dance and tone, though I know she’d rather be getting a Crossfit style workout. My friend, Caitlin comes to D&T or Zumba, and often runs with us at lunch during work. A friend from college just signed up for her first 5k and one of my best friends in Phoenix just did his first tough mudder, so we get to share our stories of training, nutrition and motivation.
Once I made fitness part of my life, I started to notice the same interest in others and that’s exciting. Even the friends I can’t train with, I get great advice and motivation from. Those I can train with have a special place in my heart – we train, laugh, and work through things together – and that’s a huge reward.
Tara: Those of us who are active have a certain code that we live and act by. There’s something to be said for those who sweat, work, and hurt together. If pain is really weakness leaving the body, sharing that feeling with those who experience that same pain gain something when we heal and rebuild together.
Whether those are near or far.
This community is the one I choose and I wouldn’t ever wish to give it up.