Presidents’ Day – a federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February each year to honor the first President of the United States, George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln. Today we see this day as a way to celebrate each President that has been in office throughout the years, and to shine light on how their impact on the country has made it what it is today.
To commemorate this monumental day, NordicTrack and iFit® bring you a legendary workout in Hawaii. Explore this incredible destination that became the United States’ 50th state in 1959. Having been the only U.S. state made up entirely of islands, you are bound to be intrigued by the jaw-dropping scenery of the Sleeping Giant, Secret Beach, and Waimea Canyon.
This Hawaiian Islands Cross-Training Series provides you with 12 workouts that can be done over a course of a couple weeks on your NordicTrack treadmill, supporting and challenging you well after President’s Day.
To help you conquer this workout series and bring you some much-needed motivation for when times get rough, here are a few inspirational quotes from our awe-inspiring leaders that have made such a lasting impression on us and our country:
“If you lose your wealth, you have lost nothing, If you lose your health, you have lost something, But if you lose your character, you have lost everything.”Woodrow Wilson
“It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.”George Washington
“Without health there is no happiness. An attention to health, then, should take place of every other object. The time necessary to secure this by active exercises, should be devoted to it in preference to every other pursuit. I know the difficulty with which a studious man tears himself from his studies, at any given moment of the day; but his happiness, and that of his family depend on it. The most uninformed mind, with a healthy body, is happier than the wisest valetudinarian [invalid].”Thomas Jefferson
“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.”Franklin D. Roosevelt
To follow in the footsteps of these inspiring men, we must not be defeated by obstacles that face us. For instance, responsibilities and obligations that require our full attention and effort may prevent us from supporting our overall health and wellness. We must not let these distract us from our long-term goal, which is improving our health for ourselves as well as our loved ones. If your health suffers, everything else may suffer too.
We must also prevent ourselves from putting off progress with excuses. All of us have suffered from making excuses as to why we don’t have the time or the energy to get a workout in every day, but don’t let that continue to spread over the long-term. You may not pay for it now, however, you may pay later.
And when times get tough, don’t throw in the towel so quickly. Hang on tight to your goals because that difficult moment will pass. Once you overcome a hardship, you may notice that you are stronger than you had originally thought.