Plead my case. What is my case? Your guess is as good as mine. I often ask myself the same thing, when I’m 18+ miles into a run, my legs and lungs screaming, and I’m wondering what the heck it is I love so much about voluntarily torturing myself. I have a t-shirt I jokingly wear that says “running is a mental sport, and we are all insane”. The funny part is, a big part of me believes it’s far from a joke. I can’t tell you why I am compelled to be so active, I just know, as crazy as it sounds, I can not live without exercise. And quite frankly, I think it’s an utter shame more people haven’t experienced this “craziness”.
This insanity sent me back to school, after one pregnancy, and through another, just to torture me in another mind numbing endurance battle of another type. 4.5 long years of studying for a bachelors degree in Exercise and Sport Science, through morning sickness, sleepless nights, teething babies, terrible two temper tantrums, and now refereeing preschool wrestling matches over toy trains while I try to finish up my senior projects. Pulling all-nighters because I couldn’t have one second of silence to write a paper until everyone else was in bed. Handing in homework covered in crayon marks. Ridiculously tight budgeting on only one income, and sacrificing time with my husband because he watches the kids during the day, then works at night just to support my dream. Parental, emotional, financial, and relationship sacrifices, all for a degree in a field where I will likely start off barely, if at all, clearing minimum wage.
So, why bother? Because I am absolutely convinced that physical fitness can change this world, and that my purpose on this earth is to prove that to people. Because I think it would be a shame to not try and share the amazing benefits I get from exercise with every single person I cross paths with. Be it one person or one million. I want to change lives.
I could sit here and list the ways fitness has changed my life, the same story of increased self esteem, confidence, coping skills, making me a better mother, wife, student, etc. But chances are, everyone reading this already knows all of this, has experienced it all first hand. All of us in the fitness-blogging world get it. We know, and even more so FEEL the benefits of a fit lifestyle.
You know who DOESN’T know that feeling? The 35(+) % of our country’s citizens who tip the scales into the obese category. The 48% who willingly admit they don’t even come close to meeting recommended physical activity levels. The tens of millions of obese CHILDREN who are shockingly NOT EXPECTED to outlive their parents, due to obesity-related conditions. The teen girls who need to know their self worth is not determined by the size of their jeans. The moms who need to know that their health and well being ARE worth it.
While the convenience of the internet allows us to easily network with others in the fitness/sporting industry across the country, it may be easy to assume more and more people are becoming active. But the truth is, we are in the middle of a nationwide obesity and inactivity epidemic. And we as bloggers MUST help fight this
In two weeks, I’ll walk at my college graduation. I’ll start my 350 hour internship at a local rec center/gym, and in August, I will have that degree. Winning a ticket to FitBloggin11 will not only be the GREATEST graduation present I could imagine, but an opportunity I could never afford on my own to broaden my horizons, knowledge, and social networking connections to further my life mission and get my message out to even more people.
Thank you for reading my incredibly long comment (it’s hard to shut me up once I’m on my fitness soap box!) and thank you for considering me for this really kick butt giveaway!