Working out is a selfish thing. We get up in the morning and put on our shoes to work out because we want to do something for ourselves. We want to get in shape so we look good or we feel good or we are ready for the big event. We do this so we can hold our heads up and feel good about ourselves. We build our self esteem and character. We strive to maintain our solid standing or improve it. We hold our selves up to a standard that proves our excellence.
But wait... there is a more important reason. There is something happening bigger than ourselves alone. There is a fellowship. There is a camaraderie and a single mindedness of purpose that connect us like no other way. We get to know folks on a whole different level when we roll around in the grass with them. When pushing ourselves to our physical limits, we are shoulder to shoulder with folks pushing themselves to thier limit too. We show up daily for these folks also.
But wait... there are others too. We are the example to children, friends, family, co-workers and acquaintances. We live in one of the most unhealthy cities in the world. According to the CDC, Atlanta is one of the fattest most sedentary places on earth. Collectively, Atlantans are pigs. Everywhere we go, we are an example of a healthier lifestyle. Every time we run down the street, folks who see us are forced to think about their own choices.
Back on My Feet is a beautiful example of how group training can transcend selfishness to an expression of love and service.
Back on My Feet Atlanta