Tuesday Tidbits: Life Lessons Learned From Exercising

I like exercising. Because I like food, mostly. I also like the feeling I have when I’m done. Reminds me of an old joke: A man sees his friend hitting himself on the head with a hammer. “Why are you hitting yourself with a hammer,” he asks. His friend replies, “ Because it feels so good when I stop.” Not a really funny joke, and I don’t remember the last time that I heard it — Probably very long ago…

Running and cycling are my favorites. They allow for inward and outward explorations of different locations both inward and outward. Sometimes, I will get lost in my thoughts – not enough to ignore traffic – but enough to make time fly by. Exercise can be an escape, a way to burn off some negative energy (and calories), focus on things that really matter, and be a stress reliever.

I started this list with the quote in the picture. I claim to have made it up, but maybe someone said it before me. If it matters, I wrote it in 2019 (that’s my way of copyrighting…). The rest followed soon after. So to begin:

I do my best writing when I am running or hurting. Often, that is the same time…

Which led to:

  • Going downhill is easy, the challenge is getting back to the top.
  • One foot in front of the other is the way to move forward.
  • No pain, no gain is unfortunately true.
  • The wind is rarely at your back, so take advantage of it when it is.
  • Quitting is a sure way to fail.
  • Personal bests are more rewarding than victory over others.
  • Sometimes you just need to take a break.
  • Take the hard road as often as you can, save the easy one for when you really need it.
  • Sometimes you can go it alone, other times, you need help.
  • Goals are like chin-ups. Spread out, anyone can do 10.
  • Sometimes, all you need is a smile and encouragement to get you to the finish line.
  • You may come in last, but there are more people that never even tried.

Are there more? Probably. I have many more miles to go before my life journey ends, and I intend to make the most of them.


Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella trilogy, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.


Published by Leon Stevens

I am an author, composer, and an artist. I published my first book of poetry: Lines by Leon – Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020 and a book of original classical guitar compositions. My latest book is a short story compilation of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called, The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.

3 thoughts on “Tuesday Tidbits: Life Lessons Learned From Exercising

  1. Leon, love this. Great quote by the way. Quite and accurate description.
    I’ve never gotten into running and I can’t ride a bike, unfortunately. I’ve always wanted to be one of those women that go jogging/running around the neighbourhood or on nature trails (I’m thinking about movie scenes here). It looks refreshing but I know its tough. Learning to ride a bike is one of those things on my someday to-do list. I guess that means if I don’t set a SMART goal with that, it might never happen.
    As always Leon, your posts always serve to lift my mood a bit.

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    1. I’m glad my writing has that effect! It lets me know that what I am doing has worth. Thank you.
      Running/jogging doesn’t have to be hard and it is a great way to explore your surrounding neighborhoods and trail systems. Many beginners start by running a minute then walking a minute.
      As for cycling, I absolutely love it. My vehicle moves from it’s parking spot about once a week. I try to cycle as much as possible.

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      1. My pleasure. You for sure have one supporter of your writing. 😊
        I should probably try that method and see how it goes. One minute run and one minute walk sounds manageable.
        Nice. I bet you don’t get stuck in traffic that way and the wind in your face most feel nice. The only thing is cycling in raining weather. But that might be fun too if it’s just recreational.

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