"For the zillionth time, I confronted my reality: Spin was something I'd never done. Being good at this was going to take time. Just because I wasn't perfect off the bat didn't mean that I couldn't be great. It didn't mean that I didn't have potential. It didn't mean I wasn't working hard...
One day, everything clicked. My demo ride, where you invite a bunch of good friends to hit the saddle and squad up for a little practice ride, was the next day. I set up in the studio by myself and ran through my entire playlist. By the fifth song, no mess-ups, no frustration, just this feeling of accomplishment. And the next day, in front of 24 close friends, I did it. I lead my first class, nearly bursting into tears the second the final song came to a close. Surrounded with love, I'd done something I wondered if I was even capable of doing in the first place. And the best part? I did it well."
- Emily A.
Via Becoming a Spin Instructor Taught Me to Love Myself
“I went through the gym phase years ago. I went twice and that was it. It wasn’t until I realized that I had not choice but to work out that my motivation kicked in. There’s nothing like the dreadful though that you may end up in a wheelchair [due to multiple sclerosis] to motivate you to move your butt.”
"Keeping fit gives you purpose, keeps you young and ensures balance, posture, stamina and strength are as good as they can be. I really don’t want a fractured hip – I’ve seen the devastation it can cause."
"Fear mostly motivates me [to move]: the fear of not being able to be active, of not being able to crank it up, and of losing physical abilities. Today, I am here and can do it, so I better dig a little deeper and resolve to improve."
“Exercise is my medicine because I am making the effort to stay healthy without any prescriptions!”
"Yoga helps me breathe deeply, where I couldn't before. It allows me to move my body with an open heart. I probably don't look very graceful when I practice, and if you had told me as a child or young adult - when I was so actively at war with myself and living in a culture that was at war with me - that I would someday feel at home in my own skin, I wouldn't have believed you. But I can tell you now; there is something about the magnitude of grace that happened when my body, soul, and breath are aligned. That is what yoga offers me: an inexplicable gift and invitation to experience that grace."
“I’m just really pleased [with my 12-hour indoor track cycling world record]. I was really pushing my limits in terms of pain and physical ability and what I wanted to get out of it was to show what people with epilepsy can do. The biggest sense I’ve got coming out of it is pride, not just for the ride itself but more for the fundraising and the awareness. It’ll hopefully have more of a lasting legacy than a couple of certificates.”
"Without exercise, I feel as though I don't have an outlet to release the stress and anxiety. The spin classes were the most helpful because I felt like I was able to zone out and focus my energy just on pedaling one foot in front of the other. I was able to find clarity."
“I think that most people think that I exercise everyday for the results. To try to have a six-pack, to try and gain muscle tone, to try to look ripped and look lean. But let me tell you something that that can’t be farther from the truth…with what we get thrown at us each and everyday with life, with what knocks us down with work, with what knocks us down with commuting to work, with what knocks us down with our kids, with what knocks us with all the activities are kids are in, with what else knocks us down with all the other stressors in life that in fact we are faced every single day and the time we live everything is constantly on the go…I exercise every single day so that I’m less stressed. I exercise every single day so I feel more confident. I exercise every single day so that I have more energy throughout the day and I’m not crashing in the middle of the morning or crashing in the middle of the afternoon or feel completely exhausted, strung out, and stressed out every single day. I exercise so I could be the best father and the best husband and the best version of myself by living a healthy, fulfilling life.”
"For years we'd [my sister and I] drive around the Adirondack Park and dream of exploring the many lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams in this beautiful area. All we did was talk about it - until we finally made a move. Now every summer you can spot us, two middle-aged women, kayaking through the various waterways in the Adirondack Mountains with a sense of independence, advenutre, and delight!"