MMB – Two Kinds of Pain

Good morning everyone,

I hope you are all doing well and had an awesome weekend!  I know many of you are going through transitions and are adjusting to the new school schedule.  Hang in there!  Routine and getting back into your groove is right around the corner!  I’m in the same boat too as I’m getting my home school hat back on and getting the boys going again.  Like anything in life, the first couple of weeks into a new routine takes patience and perseverance.  We can do it!

Announcements and Reminders:

1)  Cardio Core is at Jen’s Studio Tuesday night!  Classes are at 5:45pm to 6:45pm, 6:55pm to 7:25pm, and 7:35pm to 8:05pm.  If you’d like to join us for a great work out, please text or e-mail 925-699-7725.

2)  Cardio Fusion is a normal schedule this week on Thursday with two classes:  5:45pm to 6:45pm and 6:55pm to 7:25pm. 


Thought for the week:  Two Kinds of Pain


Have you ever asked yourself why do we do all of this hard fitness stuff all of the time?  I mean, it’s so much easier to not do it, right?  It takes time out of your schedule, it requires getting uncomfortable with sweating, pain, and heavy breathing!  There are a million other things we could be doing with our time, right? 

Well, here’s the thing – we can’t avoid pain.  What Jen?  It’s true.  We can’t avoid pain.  We are either going to experience pain from the work out with the symptoms I just explained, or we are going to experience pain from a sedentary lifestyle that will ultimately lead to a variety of diseases causing pain. 

Have you ever spent time with someone who is older and deconditioned?  They hurt!  It’s hard for them to move, they are stiff, and every little thing requires great effort.  They often have pain in their neck, back, hips, or knees.  They are usually on some kind of medication and are living with all of the side effects that come along with the drugs.  Pain ages us faster.  It also makes us more negative because it’s hard to be positive when you are hurting all the time.

So, as a question to ponder considering an older person who hurts, what physical state do you think they would be in if they had stayed active throughout their life with weight bearing exercises, core, and cardio training?  I’m not saying things would be perfect, but I can guarantee you they would be in less pain or zero pain.

While it’s true that carving out time to exercise can be inconvenient and difficult, imagine what your life would look like without it?  Think about how hard it is coming back from a period of vacation and getting back into your fitness routine?  It’s tough right?  Well, imagine if you just stopped moving and never thought about exercising?  Now add 10, 15, or 20 years of this?  Wow guys, it’s not a pretty picture. 

When we stop moving, our world shrinks and we start living less and less.  Moving is living.  We move less, we live less.  Make sense? 

I always try to strike a balance between both motivating and inspiring you guys, but also being truthful and direct.  I don’t like to sugar coat truths because that’s not real life.  If we know and understand that we can’t avoid pain, then we have a choice to make, which is to move or not to move. 

I hope you guys can wrap your brain around the truth of how important it is to carve out time to move and take care of your mind and your body.  In order to live our very best and fulfill out life’s potential, we need to have mobility, flexibility, a strong heart, muscles, ligaments, and bones.  This doesn’t just happen!  We need to be proactive in our fitness, not reactive. 

If you’ve been feeling a little too comfortable lately and have veered off the fitness track, I strongly encourage you to refocus your goals and how you want to look and feel!  Try to picture your life down the road a few years and in pain from not moving.  Yuck!  You are worth the effort and so are the people you love and care about!

I look forward to seeing you in training or classes this week so we can move and live vibrantly together!  Reach out to a friend this week who might need some encouragement to get moving again!  We all get stuck from time to time, so maybe what they need is a caring friend to reach out 🙂


See you soon,