I’m reading a book right now that has forever transformed my life, I’m sure. It’s called The Slight Edge.
A friend told me about this book, which is always the best way to discover something life-transforming, and I’ve been hooked. I’m nearing the end now, which kind of makes me sad, but I’ll continue to spread the lessons at will.
In essence, the lesson of The Slight Edge is this: what is hard at first, becomes easier later; what is easy at first, becomes harder later.
Working out on the regular is one of those things that surely isn’t easy to obtain, and I know this through and through. I used to hate physical exercise. I was blessed being built like a twig my whole life, and I took it for granted for the majority of my years, until finally, something in my brain switched.
I found a way to make exercising every day something I enjoyed and felt motivated to do. Finally, I began to understand that it wasn’t how much I pushed myself at the gym on certain, isolated occasions. It was how frequently and persistently I got myself there. The slight edge.
That’s the thing about life-changing moments: they’re not really “moments” at all. They happen in the present tense, the now, and it’s only in the “now” that we have the power to change the trajectory of our lives. And when we make the decision to push a little harder and try a little bit more every single day, these simple, seemingly pointless efforts make all of the difference in the long run.
Working out every day is now a part of my “me” time and something I enjoy more than I ever thought possible. But I don’t leave behind my own style: whether dawned in awesome fitness gear like my latest (and prettiest) RYU active wear or strolling to the gym, coffee in hand, and jamming out on the elliptical, exercise is now more fun than it is work.
And the best part? I know I’m habitually working (or perhaps more accurately “funning”) myself towards a healthier, happier, fitter future.
Welcome to the fit edge.
PS. If you Vancouverites haven’t yet heard of RYU (Respect Your Universe) you’ve got to check them out! You’ll have the perfect opportunity this Friday, May 13th from 6-8pm at their special Fitness on the Run Event hosted by Natalie Langston. Use promo code FITONTHERUN for $10 off your tickets!
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