The single most powerful piece of workout equipment I own is my pair of running shoes. I am sure many of you out there do not even have a pair. I was 27 years old when I purchased my first pair and it felt like such an investment to me. My boss, Mary, is a fitness junkie and she had been urging me to buy a pair of specialty running shoes. This DID NOT include the pathetic pair of shoes that I dug out of the corner of my closet that had no arch support or any sort of soles whatsoever. I probably had purchased them when I was in high school and never really wanted or NEEDED to invest in another pair. Actually, I’m not even sure if they ever existed on my feet for any length of time. They held no specialty name brand directly linked to fitness companies, where they REALLY do know how to make a shoe right.
Mary told me that she was personally going to call our local athletic shoe store and let them know that I would be going in to buy a pair of shoes and she wanted to see to it that I had the proper treatment and fit! I don’t think I would have set foot into a specialty fitness store myself weighing in still well over 300 pounds. I listened, and reluctantly walked in the doors and whispered that I was there regarding Mary’s phone call and maybe, just maybe, someone would be willing or wanting to help me. To my surprise, they were ecstatic that I wanted to take the leap and plunge my feet into a new pair of shoes!
While I was there, they watched me walk, touched my feet to see what shoe they thought would be best, and all the while my excitement grew as I felt like I was already standing a little taller in them. By the end of my shoe-fitting experience, I was thrilled about my new cushioned foot friends! I purchased them and walked out of the store like a proud peacock! Many times people think that unless they have a membership to an elite gym, or celebrity personal trainer, or even all the workout equipment that has ever been invented in their homes, that they are doomed to fail. I started taking small steps that day. Literally feeling a power, as I sunk my feet into my new shoes. So, what is the first step I took regarding exercise?
The answer is walking. Moving. Literally taking those 10,000 steps a day. Set your eyes on the goal and start moving in the right direction toward it! No excuses! I’m going to hold you to it, and know I’m doing it here with you. Together let’s get and STAY healthy, one step at a time!