Fitness Fundas: Is Life a Marathon?
The Big Picture comes from Little Things
Saroj and gang is special. Their group is the nicest thing to look at, in the entire park. Being on the constant lookout for like-minded people, I simply had to walk up to them and ask for pictures.
They are friends who happen to live near each other and exercise every day.
They are all in the fifth decade of their lives. They don’t mind spreading their yoga mats (or a plain towel) on the grass and doing their best stretches.
We read about people who have had endless trouble in their lives and saw it through. People who strived for fitness, had a fall and rose again. They didn’t win because they achieved every one of their goals. They won because they kept their heart’s desire alive and did what it takes to complete tasks, day after day.
Life is like that – we cannot run the entire marathon at a stretch, perhaps. But we will still continue taking steps towards the finish line. Then, each and every one of us is a real winner.
The longer your journey turns out to be, the more memories you will make. In the beginning, it looks like a long, winding road full of obstacles, distractions, noise and your own fears. Spend no time in worrying about when you will reach your (fitness) goals. Invest all your available time (if possible, make some more) in building strength, flexibility and the right skills (in fitness and other spheres of life) and cross that seemingly long road in a single leap!
Seeing is believing. Why do we still forget to believe in our own strengths, then? Time to change perspective. I am no longer worried if I will complete the next 10K run or find myself breathless at the end. I know all of us will have a huge smile on our faces and promise to come back stronger. After all, we all know what matters the most- “hope”- for a better run next time.
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About the Author
Rasika is the product specialist and scientific liaison for Mapmygenome’s personal genomics portfolio. With eight years of experience in sequencing, molecular biology, genetic data analysis and reporting, she currently works in the product team at Mapmygenome. Her key responsibilities include genomics product development, data curation, scientific content creation and management, data analysis and technical support for business development. Her key strength is a robust understanding of consumer genomics, including specialized areas such as pharmacogenomics, nutrigenomics and sports genomics. Rasika is also a certified group fitness trainer and Pilates (Balanced Body) Mat instructor.