Some of my clients get confused as to how this all works ever since I took my
life coach certification they have asked me: what does a coach do really? In the end, I believe that we help people become more motivated, build better habits, become disciplined, and help them achieve their goals. Definitely *FITNESS*, specifically running. Running is my "keystone" habit. I also read and meditate but running is the one habit that makes all the difference and makes everything else that I do less of a burden. If I only read or only meditate I just don't get the same benefits, but if I run then this permeates in very positive ways through the rest of my life. The result is that meditation and reading seem easier and more natural to do. For me meditation/reading do not make me more motivated to run. In any case I am not knocking meditation or reading. Added in with the running meditation and reading definitely make me much more emotionally strong.
There have been a couple of times where I have injured myself as a runner so I have to be careful in the future to maintain strength and flexibility. In the past I've only focused on running but this time around I'm including the strength training and stretching to support the running. It will become even more important as I get older. This is not a 21 day habit, nor something I would just do for a year and then just stop. It really is a habit that needs to be maintained throughout your life. It sounds painful and overwhelming in the beginning to think that far ahead since we are so used to getting our fix without having to wait but over time you complain less and less about it and really start to see how your whole mindset shifts and you realize the putting in the effort is very much worth it. You do get the feeling that brighter days are ahead and that even if dark days do come you'll have the strength to deal with them.