There are many reasons why the coffee cart owner on the corner inspires me. And no, I still don't drink coffee - I'll share the reasons why I don't drink coffee for another blog!
Every day, the business owner arrives before 5 am showing his dedication to his customers. In addition to his unfailing schedule, there was something else I observed him doing every day. At first, this ritual seemed quite strange but then ended up making an impression on me.
I would often see him pacing and circling his cart for about 50 feet in all directions. In NYC, you see many things, so I wasn't sure why he was pacing. After observing this behavior for a few days, I finally got it. Rather than just standing or sitting around waiting for his customers to arrive, he was getting some exercise. He chose to walk around when he very easily could have been sedentary. It was his choice of walking that inspired me.
You see, health is really a simple formula: a small healthy habit x time = health or, conversely, a small unhealthy habit x time = unhealthy life.
I challenge you with this simple question, what small health changes are you planning on making this spring? Will you reduce your consumption of desserts, decrease your portion size, take the stairs instead of the elevator, park in further away spots and walk, wake up 5 minutes earlier, do some reading or stretching, do some journaling, create your own goals or (I must mention...) lay on the Backbridge for 2 minutes in the morning to correct your posture?! By simply replacing some unhealthy habits with healthy ones, you really can make a big change in the longevity and quality of your life. What will you try?