If I could gain one superpower via exercise, I’d wanna teleport like Nightcrawler. I mean, how badass would that be? But that’s more mental than physical, right? So I guess I’d “settle”for Wolverine’s strength, speed, stamina, durability, agility, dexterity, and reaction time. Plus his keen senses and regenerative skills!
Believe it or not, having super-hero aspirations is a major motivator behind my regular exercise routine. I mean, who doesn’t wanna feel ageless and invincible? While I certainly accept the inevitability of aging, I refuse to surrender to it. Instead, I choose to keep my inner-child alive, preserve my youthful energy, and maintain my mobility. At least to the extent that I can. And for me, the Pilates Method is my version of Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters (err, the middle-aged) and Joseph Pilates is Professor X. And Joe’s words always inspire me. Like when he said, “One of the major results of Contrology is gaining the mastery of your mind over the complete control of your body”. Yes, please! Through consistent Pilates practice, I’m constantly honing my mind-body control to generate more strength, power, flexibility, control and stamina. And whenever I’m confronted with injury, Pilates is my “healing factor”; regenerating my joints to their former mobility. Because Joe also said, “Contrology develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit.”
Exercise will always be an integral part of my life because that’s how my innate superpowers are cultivated. I will continue to harness my inner-Wolverine because there are still so many things I wanna see, do, achieve and experience in this lifetime. I want a long, full, and vibrant life.
S.I.T. With Yourself in April
This month’s #soakedinthought journaling prompts are dedicated to body confidence and fitness as a lifestyle. As we move into Spring and the fitness industry ramps up its messaging about getting “in shape” for Summer, I hope you’ll sit with yourself to figure out what your body, mind, and spirit need to feel healthy, fit, and happy – without all the external voices.