Sweat Makes Everything Better.

Posted September 13, 2013 by Melissa diLeonardo in Life After Five
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They say time heals all wounds or that laughter is the best medicine, but after a really bad day today, I dragged my forlorn self to the gym and worked out. The hardest part was getting there, but I am so happy I did. 

AND…I am now feeling better.

Today was a bad day. I woke up with some digestive…er…unrest.  It cleared up, but that is not the way I want to spend my morning.  I ended up having to cancel a client until I felt better – NOT something I do lightly and something that makes me very frustrated.  Stomachache = Strike One. Client Cancel = Strike Two.  After a few hours, I was feeling better and made it to my mid-morning client.  Feeling better…until, upon leaving my client’s residence, I find my bike (safely locked to a bike rack) gone.  Bike Theft = Strike Three.

I mentally debated scrapping my workout for the next three hours.  I poured myself into my work, but kept thinking my bad day warranted a complete overhaul of my fitness plan and regime.  And by overhaul, I mean completely abandoning my goals and maybe eating some less-than-healthy food.  (Not good.)  I decided to try to keep putting one foot in front of the other and made my way to the gym.  I thought if I just got there, I would have no choice.  I could be as cranky and sad as I wanted, but I would have to work out.

But, even on my way to the gym, I was honestly still on the fence. I still really wanted to drown my sorrows in donuts and an early night on the couch in front of the TV. My heart wasn’t totally into getting some exercise until I overheard a woman at a bus stop.  She was clearly talking about her cancer treatment. I realized that my day probably paled in comparison to hers.  Despite my morning, I am mobile and healthy.  I have no excuse, I have to keep going.  I finally arrived at the gym, worked up a good sweat, and got it done.  And, as mentioned, I felt much better.

We can all find a million reasons not to commit to a workout or activity plan.  The weather, job, family, a random bad mood – all of these things can sabotage healthy choices.  Next time you feel on the fence, teetering toward dissing your walk, your workout, your yoga class, simply STOP.  Remember your goals, and reflect on what is good in your life. Get dressed and get moving toward your destination.

JUST GET THERE.  You will be so glad you did. 

About the Author

Melissa diLeonardo

Melissa is an East Coast native who has made Chicago her home! She has worked in the health and wellness field for over six years and lives to bike, hike, run, lift, and play. As a ReebokONE Brand Ambassador, Certified Personal Trainer via the American Council on Exercise, and a Registered Yoga Teacher, Melissa is down with good health. Voted “Best Personal Trainer” in the 2013 Chicago Reader’s Annual Poll and selected as a global finalist in the 2013 Life Fitness Personal Trainer to Watch Contest, Melissa instructs fitness and yoga classes throughout the north side of Chicago (spinning, boot camp, strength training). She a proud member and assistant coach at CrossFit Chicago and Master Trainer for Life Fitness Academy . Co-founder of the Chicago-based wellness collective, true-2-life.com and Program Manager for Corporate Movement at Life Fitness Corporation, you can follow her on twitter @mdsapphire. Now let's dance!