I'm frequently asked: why running? Or, why do I, heaven forbid, enjoy my time spent at the gym? I have been ruminating on an answer that would adequately express the paramount position healthy living holds in my life. To say that it’s on my bucket list or I just want to look good doesn’t do its importance justice. But, before I can answer this question, I need to first give insight into my life before I began exercising regularly.
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Before kick-starting my healthy lifestyle, my life, materially at least, had been a good one. I had a steady job, food to eat, and a busy social life. And yet, before exercise, my routine repeatedly came up short while searching for some ineffable “meaning.” Though externally, my life was going great, existentially it was floundering. After giving some thought as to why I was feeling this way, I came to the conclusion that my disappointment originated from the separation I felt from the world around me. I spent my days inside, surrounded by artificial light, measuring my time in 30-minute segments, and going entire days without seeing the sun. In short, I had become separated from the natural world around me; and the more I observed, the more I realized I wasn’t alone.
I sometimes find myself immersed in a world where people’s foremost thought is their next la
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This post was authored by Breanne Steinke.
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