When I was in my 30s, I went to the gym 6 days-a-week to work out. I did cardio three days a week and I lifted weights three days a week. All those workouts made me look strong.
When I was in my 40s, I took up yoga, and I practiced almost every day. Due to my dedication to yoga, I looked even stronger than I did when I was going to the gym to do cardio and weightlifting.
In my 50s, I dramatically cut back on my cardio, weightlifting, and yoga workouts. My health has been tentative due to my daily struggle with conditions relating to autoimmune dis-ease. Even though I’m doing better due to changes in my diet, better lifestyle choices, and reduced stress, there are days that I’m not up for much, if any, physical activity. Even so, this does not mean I’m not strong.
I feel stronger than I’ve ever felt.
I feel stronger because I workout every day—in a different way. I work out my problems with my friends who share a similar health reality.
The act of working out to become fit and strong extends way beyond one’s physicality. As humans, we are called to fit the needs of others and to use our strength to uplift them when circumstances leave a body and mind too weak to carry on alone.