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Stretch those quads!

Friday, 6 May, 2022 - 9:31 am

I’ve never been an exerciser. Not that I’ve never tried, I have, it just doesn’t seem to click for me. I purchased a Peloton, it didn’t work, I purchased exercise apps and they never worked, I even tried walking/biking in the neighborhood, and it was short lived. Yet, after turning 40 in December I became more and more determined to focus on my health and this week I started a workout regimen with a personal trainer. It wasn’t easy, but I hope it will be life changing in my pursuit of a healthier me.

In this week’s Torah portion, Kedoshim, we are commanded a lot. Don’t gossip, don’t live immorally, don’t ignore the poor, don’t lie or steal, don’t entrap someone to sin, don’t mistreat a convert, stay away from incest, don’t cheat your customers, don’t get a tattoo and so much more. There are so many instructions on how to live our lives in sync with G-d’s will, some of which entail refraining from juicy activities like “talking about your neighbors marriage challenges” and “making good money with a little cheating here and there”.  Yet, these choices are worthwhile, even if done incrementally, like my journey in exercise.

I once read that “if you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”. If Rabbi Akiva could start learning Torah at forty, I can start working out at forty; and even if I don’t become a marathon runner or weightlifter, I can do my baby steps to enhance my health, strengthen my muscles and hopefully stick around in good shape for Chavie and the kids for a long time. Don’t give up on dreams and goals, it’s never too late for new beginnings.

Quads, biceps and abs; one stretch at a time!

May G-d guard our brethren in Israel and the world over from harm and send us Mashiach speedily. May G-d protect the armed forces of Israel and the United States wherever they may be. Shabbat Shalom! Chazak!!! L'Chaim!!!


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