My Rebound: Why I exercise

Posted at 11:56 PM, Jul 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-29 08:53:04-04

Editor's note: Kendra is blogging about being a mom trying to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic at My Rebound by FOX 17. She is married with four kids: a 1-year-old daughter, 2-year-old son, 5-year-old son, 10-year-old daughter and 16-year-old bonus son. She is also the owner and lead fitness coach of Allegro Coaching in Grand Rapids, which she founded in 2009. She lives in Tallmadge Township.

I exercise because feelings of accomplishments taste sweet. Because hills, heat and excuses are tough, but I am way tougher.


I exercise because oxygen debt is only a small glimpse at heaven. I exercise because pushing yourself to the limits has never been so better defined. And because I have found that deeper strength inside my heart that pushes me to go on when my mind and body say stop.

I exercise because I have felt the pain that comes with giving up, and I have experienced the joy of reaching my goal. I exercise because the weaker I feel, the stronger I am getting. Progress only comes with pain. I exercise for finding new trails and meeting new friends. Because I have learned how to face my fears and destroy them with the strength I have gained through exercise.

I exercise for a stack of blueberry pancakes and a great cup of coffee after my run.

And because I do not know the depth of my inner strength until I have reached down deep, found that strength and pushed harder. I exercise because any other time…cold, rainy days and lots of mud are no fun.

I exercise because in a world of war and hate, I have found peace. I exercise because every time I do, I discover a new reason. Because even failure brings me closer to my goal. I exercise for the exhilarating freedom felt working out in the dark early morning while the rest of the world sleeps.


I exercise because my mind is in control of my body, and because pain brings healing, and healing brings hope, and hope is a beautiful thing. I exercise because it brings me confidence, which reflects in all areas of my life and becomes contagious to those around me.

I exercise because I have an obligation to myself, my family, and my God to maintain a healthy body. I was created to move and I get just one vessel to help me live out my life’s purpose.

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