The 12 Gifts of Fitness, Day 12: Waking Up…To Everything

The 12th gift of fitness is that it gives us the ability to wake up in our lives. Fitness gives us the physical and mental fortitude to pay attention to the right things. It gives us the ability to know which things are the right things to be paying attention to, and which noisy distractions aren’t…

The 12 Gifts of Fitness, 2015 Edition: Day 10 – Focus

Further thoughts on the 12 Gifts of Fitness…Today, the tenth gift: the gift of focus. The 12 Gifts of Fitness Day 1: ENERGY Day 2: PATIENCE Day 3: GETTING REAL Day 4: KEEPING PROMISES Day 5: RIGHTING THE SHIP, QUICKLY Day 6: RESILIENCE Day 7: A BRAIN RESET Day 8: BENCHMARKS THAT MATTER…TO YOU Day…

The 12 Gifts of Fitness, 2015 Edition: Day 7 – A BRAIN RESET

The 12 Gifts of Fitness Day 1: ENERGY Day 2: PATIENCE Day 3: GETTING REAL Day 4: KEEPING PROMISES Day 5: RIGHTING THE SHIP, QUICKLY Day 6: RESILIENCE Day 7: A BRAIN RESET [Originally published March 10, 2015] True confession: I’m writing this post when I should be at my swim class. I was super…

The 12 Gifts of Fitness, 2015 Edition: Day 6 – RESILIENCE

The 12 Gifts of Fitness Day 1: ENERGY Day 2: PATIENCE Day 3: GETTING REAL Day 4: KEEPING PROMISES Day 5: RIGHTING THE SHIP, QUICKLY Day 6: RESILIENCE [originally published March 9, 2015] “If you have one bad mile, don’t worry. Just run as comfortably as you can through it. The next mile might feel…

The 12 Gifts of Fitness, 2015 Edition: Day 4 – KEEPING PROMISES

The 12 Gifts of Fitness Day 1: ENERGY Day 2: PATIENCE Day 3: GETTING REAL Day 4: KEEPING PROMISES [Originally published February 19, 2015] Otherwise known, variously, as “self-discipline,” “self-efficacy,” and a whole host of other terms, all of which basically mean one thing: we do what we say we are going to do. I will…

The 12 Gifts of Fitness, 2015 Edition: Day 3 – Getting Real

The 12 Gifts of Fitness Day 1: ENERGY Day 2: PATIENCE Day 3: GETTING REAL [Originally published February 18, 2015] Editor’s note, 12/17/2015: I just want to say that I really did start Days 2 and 3 of the 12 Gifts of Fitness series with Star Wars references a year ago. Go see The Force…

The 12 Gifts of Fitness, 2015 Edition: Day 2 – PATIENCE

The 12 Gifts of Fitness Day 1: ENERGY Day 2: PATIENCE [Originally published December 16, 2014] Patience, young Jedi. That is what fitness gives us when we make a long-term commitment to doing what we can, as often as we can, and not over-thinking the whole situation when we can’t. We do our best, and…

The 12 Gifts of Fitness, 2015 edition: Day 1 – ENERGY

Editor’s note: Exactly one year ago today, I began writing a daily blog series called “The 12 Gifts of Fitness.” Unbeknownst to Every48 readers, I was also fighting unbelievable fatigue associated with first-trimester pregnancy. (Fun fact: I was so exhausted during December 2014 that I think the sofa in our living room has a permanent…