To me, #SAFit is all about movement and community.
I have always been a very active person. I mean constantly moving—can’t stop, won’t stop. When I was nine years old, I started running, and I’ve been running ever since.
In addition to running, I started hiking and backpacking during the summer prior to my freshman year of high school. I was in the Boy Scouts and my troop went to Philmont Scout Ranch. It was there that I became obsessed with hiking and backpacking. In fact, I completed the #52HikeChallenge last year; check it out here.
Like I said, I am all about living an active life. Since I am not one for competition, and I am the world’s most ungraceful and uncoordinated human, athletics and team sports have never been my thing. Being the clumsy person that I am, exercise has always been a chore for me. I don’t think I’ve ever lifted weights or completed a strict exercise plan. Instead, I LOVE sports and activities that don’t involve outside-of-my-body tools or accessories—running, hiking, swimming, and yoga. I don’t have to be extremely athletic to participate in such activities. They simply require motivation, movement, and me.
I classify all of my movement as exercising and athletics, and as long as I am being active, I am a step closer to being a fit and healthy me.
As mentioned above, I don’t do team sports or activities that require anything other than my body. However, I do value community in my health and fitness journey. I know it doesn’t make sense, but I value community because I am participating in these activities alone. As a runner, community is huge. If you have been to any sort of road race, you know what I’m talking about. The atmosphere surrounding a race crowd is unbeatable. The run gets me high, but the community gets me even higher.
The same goes for yoga. Yogis are some of the most inspiring and supportive people I have ever met, yet they still challenge one another. As an avid hiker, I look forward to the trail community above any other aspect of hiking. I love being in solitude, in the wilderness, and unplugged for a few days, but I love the trail community even more. There is nothing better than making friends with people who are equally as sweaty and disgusting as I am and who are also dressed in three day old crusty clothes. There is something simply magical and authentic about these connections.
Given the opportunity to write for the #SAFit series this month, I wanted to share my belief in movement, community, and their importance in my health and fitness journey. Being holistically well means knowing yourself and what you value in health and fitness. If health and fitness is a chore, find something that makes it fun and rewarding. Try starting with simple movements and a community of people that uplift you—it helps me. Finally, if you’re looking for an accountability partner, don’t hesitate to reach out!
This post is part of our #SAfit series for April. With the constant hustle and bustle of our profession, we can’t forget to put ourselves at the top of our to-do list sometimes. It is essential that we remember to take time for self care and this series highlights how our colleagues work #SAfit into their lifestyles. This can look different for each of us and your journey is your own. For more info, please see Mandi Stewart’s intro post. Be sure to check out the other posts in this series too!
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Podcast With Ed Cabellon on The #SAFit Community