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It’s Never Too Late to Start Exercising

It is never too late to start exercising! As a child, I hated any type of physical activity. I avoided sports and mocked people who enjoyed running and walking. Instead, I spent hours watching television and reading. However, as I got older and struggled to go up and down stairs, I saw the see the significance in physical activity. Thus, my senior year in high school, I decided to join my school’s track and field team, in which my events consisted of the 800 and 1600 meters. The first few days were extremely difficult. I wasn’t very good at my events and  almost quit after my first race. However, I persisted. At the end of the season, I still wasn’t very good. Most of the time, I finished a race in  fourth place in a team of seven. Although I knew I wasn’t destined to be amazing athlete in a professional track and field team, I fell in love with running. Now as a rising senior in college, I have been running 4-5 times a week for about an hour every time. Over the years, my endurance, stamina, and daily mileage have increased. I discovered that running helps ease my anxiety and maintain my weight and it creates a healthier and happier me. Moreover, throughout the years, I have made friends who also enjoy exercising and running. I saw people of all shapes and sizes and backgrounds find comfort in exercising. In addition, as someone who can’t afford to sign-up to an expensive gym, I have discovered that the world can be my gym. I realized that walking around my neighborhood, taking the stairs instead of the elevator,  or simply just running in place while watching television are all great and inexpensive ways to exercise. You may also be thinking, how do you have time to exercise? Sometimes I don’t have time, but just briskly walking for 20-30 minutes around my house can be enough. In the end, do not be afraid to start exercising. Do not be discouraged by how good you are or by your shape and size. It is okay to start slow and it’s is okay to not be good. Exercising can benefit everyone, so let it make a positive difference in your life.

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