I finished college in January after a long four years and I was finally blessed with some time for myself. Since I already had a full-time job I wondered what I could get into, since I always have to be doing something.
Many friends of mine were active in the fitness world and seeing them do it up was so inspiring to me. They would tag me in activities and I wouldn’t really follow through and do them. But, something triggered in me one day in February when I was tagged in a post for a stair climb for cancer research – and this did it for me. I could relate because I have lost family members to cancer and it was to raise money for cancer research. So, what did I do? I went on ahead and signed up for the Runyon Up stair climb and joined team Atlantic and Friends to raise money and climb 72 flights for a good cause.
I had two months until the actual event, so I decided to clean up my diet (no more crown fried chicken and struggle ramen noodles everyday) because I had much more time to cook and dedicate to my health. In addition I started working out, I didn’t know what to expect for the climb so I had to prepare. Since I was paid and signed up, I started to raise money and get active any way I could (Nike Training club, Yoga, SoulCyle etc.).
April 3rd rolled around soon enough and I completed the 72 flight challenge in a little over 20 minutes. Funny how this whole experience has motivated me to dedicate time to fitness and health. A instagram post from a friend has gone such a long way. It gave me the little boost I needed to kickstart my fitness craze and now it’s a lifestyle. That’s what hanging around motivated people will do, and this can be you too.
Originally published on Walkitnation.com