Everyone wants to feel strong. We watch movies, obsessed with action heroes and those with super powers. And we’re all familiar with the working out/training montage.
I’m no different, of course. I love the feeling of strength. The one thing that *is* different about me is that I have Cerebral Palsy, a disability that has an incredibly large range of impacts. To a degree, I am only very mildly affected by it. But I’m not unaffected.
`Walking becomes increasingly difficult as I get older and my body is getting stiffer by the year. And yet, I don’t feel weak most of the time. I joined the YMCA recently and I have to say, working out with the weight machines is the best feeling. Yes, I do cardio as well, but thats always more of a struggle.
Weights make me feel AWESOME. They make me realize how amazing the human body is, even when it’s not functioning at 100% like mine. Even at 80% the body as a machine is a work of art and I feel like one when I’m strength training.
It makes me happy. And that’s been all too rare in the not so distant past.
(Editorial note: In looking for a picture for this post I searched free photos for “body”. The results were pretty depressing, Almost all the female photos were a disembodied waist, often with a tape measure. The pictures that show strength? Almost all men. Sigh.)