I don't normally schedule what I am going to write about for these newsletters, usually I just sit down each Monday morning and start writing about the first few things that pop into my head. I'm sure for some weeks that's pretty obvious but often times it takes me to a place of value.
But after writing my last post, I wrote down in my notebook that I should talk about my exercise routine. For those who have been following me for a while, you might remember I started training daily last December. My goal was to work up towards being able to run a full marathon.
The reason I embarked on this mission was to overcome my annual December depression. I tried a few things that month to keep my mind busy and even though I failed to work up towards a marathon, the habit of working out everyday stuck with me.
I've literally done at least 30 minutes of cardio, 5 days a week since December 1st, 2018, without missing a week.
No matter what I had going on, no matter how busy life or work got, I made time to spend 30 minutes each day to do something active. Whether that was riding a bicycle, playing hockey, volleyball, or doing bootcamp.
And the results have been addicting.
Visually I don't think I really look any different, but mentally I feel like a rock. I am able to withstand tough situations that I've never been able to handle before. And I have definitely tested this amongst the worst as I've somehow weathered a series of events these past six months that normally would've taken me down.
And then physically I am probably in the best shape I've ever been in my life.
AND for the first time in my life I haven't gotten sick all year. Each year I visit the doctor anywhere between 2-3 times a year. I'm currently on a 12 month no-doctor streak!
So I was really excited to write all of that this week, and I'm starting to feel a bit under the weather today. Last week I had to take an emergency trip to Savannah to get some things in order.
While there, I let my busyness get in the way of my routines and for the first time in almost a year I only exercised for 3 days that week.
Sounds horrible doesn't it? lol...
No, but in all seriousness, it's amazing how shitty I feel today after skipping out on a few routines over the past week. I feel more exhausted, and just off.
Even this newsletter feels a bit scattered. Normally I write this at about 6am, and currently it's almost 2pm.
Out of all of the things I've tried in my life, 30 minutes of daily cardio has been the only sure-fire thing for absolute and total health. It conquers depression, obesity, insecurities, anxiety as well as helps with sleep and overall just releasing the tension of everyday problems.
It's a one-stop solution for 99.9% of everything I've struggled with in my life and there's literally nothing stopping anyone from doing it.
If you've gained nothing out of anything I've said over the years, I hope that you've taken this one piece of advice because it's the most valuable and accessible tool anyone can grasp.
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