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  • Writer's pictureMarc Lalonde

The joy, hope and optimism of working out on sunny holiday Mondays

Sunny holiday Mondays are truly a sight to behold and I am grateful for them

Movement Mondays are here!

It’s one day past the long weekend Monday, so you know what that means, don’t you?

I love the May long weekend, whether you call it Victoria Day, Journee des Patriotes or Community Day – none of that matters to me.

What does, in fact matter to me is the idea that it’s a holiday Monday at a time of the year when the weather is at its most glorious.

That alone is cause for celebration, in my mind, but its doubly fun for me because many of the clients I work with on a regular basis have booked workouts at times where they wouldn’t normally schedule something.

It’s a little bit like Christmas!

On a more serious note, I’m pleased because a great number of my clients have answered the bell of effort with extra effort of their own – and as long as I continue to be inspired by my clients’ work ethic, I will continue to do what I do.

When I look back on yesterday, I am overcome with the emotion of gratitude and joy. I am grateful that my clients chose to spend some of their day off working out with me and making themselves better in the process, and I am joyful that I got to spend so much time doing what I love.

I wrote once that when you love what you do, you never work a day in your life.

That’s not all the way true, I think. I expend quite a bit of energy on my clients and I need to replenish that in order to be at my best each and every day to be a leader in the fitness space.

Steaks on a flaming BBQ are certainly a reason to be thankful

So when I work, I work hard and leave every bit of myself on the gym floor or leave some of myself with my clients as they leave.

I am often depleted at the end of the day, but I am never, ever unfulfilled.

These sunny, bright holidays that signal the beginning of summer – Victoria Day/Journee des Patriotes/May long weekend, the June 24 long weekend in Quebec and the Canada Day long weekend – are an absolute treasure and I do love them a great deal.

Labour Day, Thanksgiving and other cold-weather holidays are also appreciated, but the warm weather holidays are ride with a kind of optimism worthy or mention and appreciation, to my mind.

Calling attention to the small miracles in my life that occur on a daily basis has allowed me to better appreciate them in a way that works better for me.

So, I love harnessing that sunny optimism into my workout on those days, and when I step out of the gym a little sweaty, a little tired and feeling 100-percent-better, I am reminded that we all experience these miracles daily and that they are worth considering and appreciating.

Bear appreciates the return of two-hour-plus nighttime walks

As my year without sugar continues into its sixth month next week, I am becoming more and more keenly aware of the role junk food plays in our lives. It's a false prophet, a painful placebo and a salve that causes a slow and insidious decline in your body's performance. That's worth considering, and appreciating.

So is movement. The chance to work our bodies is a blessing and it is our daily responsibility to ourselves and so why not do it in an environment that will be supportive and feel like a safe place?

Message me today if you, too, would like to get started feeling this good and it begins with the first step. Come into Monster Gym and see the space and I promise, you, too will come to appreciate the vibrancy of the space and the power of gratitude and movement.

I remain grateful for so many things in my life, but I would be remiss if I didn't mention the greatest angel of my existence, period. You know who you are.

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