Today, I’m giving thanks for health. It’s pretty easy to take your health for granted, isn’t it? When you are in great health, it feels like you can do anything, doesn’t it? I remember my years in the Army. We were all young, but we were also in incredible shape! We felt pretty much invincible. I remember carrying over 150 lbs of gear and running all over the place, jumping off of trucks, and throwing my body against walls, all without feeling a thing.
Now, it feels like a struggle to keep in shape. Working out at the gym, running, and even hiking are all ways just to try to slow that ticking clock. The older I get, though, the more I appreciate exercise in all it’s forms for something more than the exercise itself. I’ve never really like running, but I appreciate the solitude and I pay much more attention to my surroundings when I go on a longer run. I always hated road marches when I was in the Army, but it can be pretty difficult to see the most amazing vistas without making a hike through the mountains.
Do I like to exercise? No! Not for it’s own sake, anyhow. But I’m finding that I love what I can do when my body is in great shape and how much more I can appreciate the activities and goals that I can accomplish when I can put forth a great effort with less strain. Here’s to staying healthy.
Are you giving thanks for health? What are you doing to keep yourself healthy? Leave me a comment and make sure you follow along and see what else I’m giving thanks for.