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.
“How are you doing?” This is the question that may get you a short response from just an acquaintance, but if asked of a good friend you may hear a list of issues that most of us are battling daily. We live in complicated times making the simplest tasks overwhelming and sometimes forcing us to neglect our most important assets – our health and wellness.
I have a friend who has never let anything get in the way of his health and fitness. Born into extreme poverty with a physical challenge and hostile home environment he drew courage and strength from his hero Bruce Lee. As he grew older and the conditions failed to improve, he threw himself deeper into his commitment to his body. By 17, he had obtained custody of his two younger brothers and was on the road to winning several competitions and medals in kung fu. In his mid-20s he joined the U.S. Marine Corp, later earning a place in the elite team as a Recon Marine.
Today Rudy Reyes is an author, actor, triathlete, fitness expert and outspoken advocate for veterans. Of all of the many things he does and has yet to even tackle and achieve, my favorite is that he is pure motivation and inspiration. His very life is a testament to how important it is to dig inside of yourself at your darkest times and use your body to overcome, survive and thrive.
“Start where you are.” Is just one of the many bits of wisdom he shares with his readers. This quote has become my personal mantra when I begin to feel overwhelmed and doubt my abilities and goals. It is also a wonderful reminder that no matter where you are on your journey to a healthy lifestyle, nor what external obstacles may be weighing you down – you already have everything you need to get started. Believe him when he says that “You are pure unedited, uninhibited potential.”
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October 2nd, 2011