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  • Writer's pictureMarc Lalonde

When you’re tired, everything seems harder – but OUR BODIES ARE MADE TO MOVE

On Sunday morning I came into the gym for two reasons – the first is, it is my refuge. It is my safe place, where I can be myself in all things. It’s a wonderful thing. It’s also my workplace, and I had come in to see clients.

When my 10 a.m. clients arrived, they walked in the door tired, wan and sore. The chilly effect of the weekend rain, coupled with the drop in temperatures was a recipe for sore joints, fatigue and general malaise.

Both clients – with whom I always enjoy my time – expressed to me how exhausted they felt, and how they couldn’t imagine working out that morning.

After a brief chat, my clients and I got down to business. Because they both felt a little rudderless and energetically low, I suggested they let me work out WITH them and we were off to the races.

Fast-forward to 55 minutes later and both clients expressed how much better they felt, and how much energy they seemed to have recouped during the session.

They couldn’t believe it.

I could, though.

That’s been my experience over the last 10 years of being a strength coach and fitness teacher. When you feel at your lowest and your worst, that’s when you need the mental and physical salve of exercise THE MOST.

The chemicals your brain produces are so powerful they can make you feel like you can do, be, or enjoy anything you want to enjoy.

Just as those chemicals can make you think things about yourself that aren’t true, those chemicals can also lift you up out of mental and physical doldrums.

Movement. Is. Medicine.

That brings me to Monday morning and to my list of bookings that day as well. With five training clients booked during the day, I have enough business to be profitable and to allow myself to feel like I’ve helped a lot of people in a day, and still not be overwhelmed.

It’s awesome.

Today, I am grateful for my clients, who allow me to be whole self whenever I am working with them and it is truly an honour to be able to help them.

I am grateful for the daily opportunity and ability to help people improve and feel better.

I am grateful to be able to be productive and feel like my work matters to people.

I’m also grateful for calendars, because they enable us to see in real time where we’ve been – and where we’re going.

Most of all, I’m most grateful for the greatest angel in my life. Period. You know who you are.

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