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Today I would like to share with you a mental shift that I experienced last fall which completely transformed my sedentary lifestyle and lack of passion about fitness. I hope that today’s post may inspire you to pursue a more active lifestyle as well.

Except for a couple of years in college, during which I had a mild obsession with the stair master, I have never been a gym person. I’ve also never been hugely into sports, so the pursuit of fitness always seemed like yet another thing to cross off my never-ending to do list (and honestly, who has time for that?)

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Combine that mentality of thinking about fitness as a chore with mainstream motivations that never resonated with me (for example, ‘work out to look hot’ or ‘work out so you too can be a health guru’ or ‘work out because you’re supposed to…’) and the result was fitness ranking low in my personal priorities. I walked my dogs daily, I took stairs over escalators, I would run for the streetcar whenever I was late – I figured I was ‘fit’ enough and didn’t really need think about it further.

Then one day, I fell down a flight of stairs. Completely missed a step and tumbled all the way down to the bottom. My breath caught in my chest and I was left sprawled out, completely in shock. My back was extremely bruised and tender for weeks, yet I considered myself lucky. I could have easily broken a leg (or worse) and that’s when something clicked permanently in my mind.

I realized that had I broken my leg or slipped a disc in my back, I would most likely be instructed to not move extraneously for several weeks while I recovered. And when I imagined being told, ‘You must stay still,’ I saw myself wishing for the ability to move again above anything else.

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It became clear to me that you always want what you cannot have (a cliche saying that is all too true) and that I needed to personally make a stronger effort to appreciate what I had by not breaking my leg – the freedom to move however I liked, whenever I liked.

From that point on fitness became all about movement for me. Now rather than ask myself, “Did I work out today?” I instead ask, “How much did I move today?” Fitness is no longer about completing ‘x’ number of reps or seeing an exercise program through from start to finish. To me fitness now means commanding my body to move on a daily basis, be it through running, biking, dancing, swimming or lifting weights, and marvelling at its ability to move in wonderful and wacky ways.

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As long as I have my heart rate up, my blood circulating and I am moving enough to break a sweat, I consider my fitness goals for the day achieved and I feel inspired to try and make my body move even more the next day. I move now (read: workout) to keep my body strong and able to move.

{WHAT I’M WEARING: The Grey Betty Tank Top from Free Label Clothing, a Toronto-based company that creates elevated and ethical basics for the conscious shopper. All pieces are made from sustainable materials in Canada and each garment feels like butter in your hands. The softness, the durability and the stylishness of each Free Label design is a work of art. Slipping into these basics for my daily physical activities makes being active even more luxurious and enjoyable.}


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