Finding Your Inspiration

This is a guest post from Lifestyle patient Joshua Altman.

Fitness and adventure inspiration comes in many forms.  The biggest form that we are all exposed to is through various types of media. Pictures. Videos. Advertisements. Movies. Commercials. Magazines. You name it. A big chunk of that is found on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, and the internet in general. You can find it anywhere.

I’ve always been the person who said… “I want to do that.” A cool yoga pose, a crazy movement, a difficult hike… I wanted to be the person in the picture or video I was watching.

And now I am.

It was a pretty simple thing to do. One day I just took a picture. A different day I took a video. Sometimes it was part of my yoga practice. Other times it was a cool hike I did. Once I saw myself in my own pictures or videos I started getting deeper into my health and fitness. I could see results. I could see accomplishments. At first, I kept all my media on my computer for my family and me to browse through whenever we wanted to. Later on, I decided to start sharing them on social media. Soon after I had become an inspiration for others. But most importantly, I became my own inspiration.

I learned a big lesson from media. The lesson is that I love watching myself. I love seeing what I can, and can’t, do. What’s best is that when I’m lacking motivation, my own pictures and videos are the ones I watch to get me back on track.  I love getting inspired by me, and there’s nothing wrong with that!

This has been a funny blog to write because for some people inspiration comes in a different form. A great example is my chiropractor Dr. Niall Dillan here at Lifestyle Chiropractor & Wellness Center.  Because I see him on a weekly basis as part of my own preventative care, we talk! I’ve learned that Niall is essentially the opposite of me as he doesn’t need media for motivation. We were talking one day and he told me he went on a cool fishing trip and I had asked if he had a picture to show as his vacation sounded amazing. He said no! And that, the absence of personal media… that is perfectly ok.

That brings me to my final point about inspiration. Inspiration can come from media, the absence of media, or even just a good story about someone’s experience. The beauty of it is that there is no right or wrong way to be inspired. Find what works for you and stick with it!

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