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  • Mary-Sue Cowell

Have you Thanked your Body lately?

I have touched on this before but I really didn't feel like working out and we all have those days. It has been a busy time of doing for others and today I just wanted to crawl back into bed and ignore my earlier post about pushing to just do the 10 or 15 minutes and having the option of bailing after if I wanted to. I didn't want to do any of the minutes! You will be happy to hear I did the 15 minutes... and I still wasn't into it so I took the option to stop and not go any further. I felt good about completing the 15 minute workout and said to myself, "I owed my body that." Dramatic pause, "I owed my body that."

I owed my body that workout? What does that even mean? This body has carried me through life, it has birthed children, fought injury, illness and disease, loved, been loved; all of the things of life has given to me has happened to me in this body. That is effin' remarkable! I am remarkable and my body is the vessel that was created to physically maneuver this thing called life. I AM GRATEFUL FOR THIS BODY. Not because of how it looks, I've been bigger and I've been smaller, I've been stronger and I've been weaker but because of what my body has done and will do for me all the days I will spend on this earth I am so very grateful.

I owe it to myself to be good to my body and appreciate it, just as I am with those around me. I want to be able to enjoy movement well into my old age and in order to get there I need to appreciate what my body can do; not what limits it. If the focus is on CAN instead of cannot I can work within my limitations to improve. I can work on pushing those limits of strength, flexibility and endurance to ensure I am able to play at the playground or on the floor with my daughter (or perhaps grandchildren if that is in my future) or enjoy hiking with the dogs in my retirement.

Thank you to my body for your strength, beautiful uniqueness and allowing me to stand STRONG.

What has your body done for you? Have you thanked it? How can you thank it?

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