Maruchy Lachance is president of Running Ninja!, a lifestyle brand for runners by runners. Running Ninja! offers a wide variety of apparel and gifts for runners to keep you happy and inspired while you’re on the run.
My husband and I are often asked how we remain committed to our healthy lifestyle in spite of being in our mid-40s, with a busy work schedule and social life. The truth is that our commitment stems from the fact that we are lazy and thrifty. We understand that health issues are one of the most time-consuming and costly expenses one can incur. We exercise on average an hour and a half a day and our only expenses are the yearly purchase of running shoes and workout clothes.
If we suffered from any of the countless diseases brought on by obesity we would be spending far more time and money treating our illnesses and worrying about our health.
Aside from keeping that dramatic reality in the forefront of our minds we also remain focused on our healthy lifestyle because of the activities, hobbies and events we choose to engage in.
Now married 23 years and having endured a few rough patches, we recommitted to each other and gained a new attitude about our marriage and our life. After a quick inventory we decided to focus on a few items, one of which was our health. Soon after the transition we found we were happier and more content with life and one another. We became proactive people rather than complainers. Our once boring and sedentary life was now replaced with physical and outdoor activities we could do together. As time went by we also realized that we were surrounding ourselves with people who were also positive and uplifting.
Our life is far from perfect, but we find that having a healthy mind, body and soul allows us to better manage the difficult times and fully appreciate the good times.
I have found the easiest way to get started is by surrounding yourself with people who support and live the lifestyle you aspire too. In the wise words of Mark Twain, “Keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you believe that you too can become great.”
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September 11th, 2011