The Importance of Keeping Moving: aka Don’t Pass Out on the Treadmill

Forward motion. Inertia. Sometimes, we just lose it. Get stuck. Stop. And then, bad things can happen.

When I was in college I was running on a treadmill (this was before the knees got so bad that I couldn’t run) and my ponytail was coming loose. So I stopped running, put my feet on either side of the belt and reached up to tighten my ponytail.

And abruptly passed out, falling forward over the railing of the treadmill, with my knuckles dragging on the belt.

Not my finest moment.

When you go from running to stopped, you can have a drop in blood pressure and pass out. That’s what happened to me. If you think about it, our lives are a bit like a running race. Not a sprint, but a marathon. With a little luck, this
sucker is LONG. We move at different speeds-sometimes running, and sometimes at a leisurely stroll. But we keep moving forward. Motion is growth, and change, and can be success.

Take a segment of this life, and examine it. It can be a new commitment to improving your health, your weight, your relationships, or maybe it’s learning to live gluten free.

Usually we start out with a bang, just as sometimes at the beginning of a race people will explode off the line. That pace
may not be sustainable. Maybe you can’t work out every day, maybe you have a cookie, maybe your patience has worn a bit thin.

That’s OK. Just keep moving forward. Commit yourself to continual forward progress toward your goal, even at a slow pace.

Just keep walking. Recommit every day to moving forward.

And if your ponytail comes loose, walk while you tighten it.

(If you haven’t checked out Gluten Free and Fit 101 yet, what are you waiting for? Click here. And if you are interested in more specific information on gluten free nutrition planning, click here.)

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  1. Jon Fernandes says:

    Thanks for the motivation. =] Being Celiac can be a pain sometimes.

  2. Erin says:

    Hey Jon,
    We can all use a kick in the pants sometimes. I hope you are doing OK after that last glutening!
    Be well!

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