Sometimes I get lazy and dread working out more than anyone, but after my last checkup at the doctor’s office it became clear that I really needed to start doing something about my health. Some days it can be hard to get out there and start moving, so I’ve picked out some quotes from my favorite tv/book series to give me that extra shove. Hopefully you can get something out of them too!
“Fear cuts deeper than swords”
Truer words have never been spoken- fear of judgment at the gym cuts deeper than actually showing up and going for a jog on the treadmill.
“Once you’ve accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.”
It became a lot easier to start exercising once decided that I was doing it for myself. After it stopped being about impressing my peers or looking better in anyone else’s eyes- I started doing it because it was what I wanted for myself. To be healthier and stronger.
“He who hurries through life hurries to his grave.”
Sometimes I go for a jog through the park and just stop to watch the ducks. It seems cheesy, sure, but I’ve had some of my happiest moments while taking a minute to slow down and appreciate where I am. Exercising gives you the opportunity to take a break from running around during work and social commitments to do what you want to do.
“Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder. Many who try to climb it fail and never get to try again. The fall breaks them. And some are given a chance to climb, but they refuse. They cling to the realm, or gods, or love. Illusions. Only the ladder is real. The climb is all there is.”
You could perhaps take this in the most literally way and think about climbing ladders for a while, but the quote’s true significance goes much deeper than that. By refusing to work out I had always clung to the illusion that my body would magically be okay just as it was. I refused to believe that I was mortal, and eventually reality caught up to me. The ladder of exercise is endless and eternal and incredibly daunting, but it is real and if we do not climb then we will never rise any higher than we are now.
*All quotes are credited to the talented Mr. George R.R. Martin and his best selling series: A Song of Ice and Fire.
**Photos are taken from the tv series: Game of Thrones.