Lydia Livingston

Fitness quest

EDITORíS NOTE: Lydia Livingston, a senior at Waxahachie Global High, will be writing an ongoing column as she pursues her goals of becoming more physically fit.

Most weeks I talk about what being healthy does for me and how I benefit from it.

This week I am going to take it a slightly different route: I want to talk about chain reactions. Sounds off topic, right?

It isnít as far off as youíd think. In working out there are several benefits, but the greater ones come from those around you.

The other day at the Lordís Gym, where my personal trainer, Daniel Ortiz, is based, Daniel and I were talking about the difference strong support can make and how it can be the spark you need to make a difference in your life, as well as others.

For me, Iíve been lucky to have support at every end; however, I hadnít really thought about how much of a difference it had been making. As I reflected back while talking with Daniel, I saw that it had made a huge difference.

I was able to see that since I started on my fitness path, my choices and changes have really influenced those around me.

In particular, my family has taken note of my progress and used it as a form of inspiration to be healthier and work out.

And knowing that I am being seen as an example has helped to keep me even more motivated.

Further, by my family making changes and trying, they may inspire someone, and so on and so on, thus creating a chain reaction.

It is a simple concept, but it can make a big difference for the better.

That is why I encourage you to start a chain reaction.

Tip of the Week:

Find a place to work out thatís convenient. If you choose a location thatís difficult to get to, you may find yourself using that as an excuse not to work out.

Daniel Ortiz is a personal trainer based out of the Lordís Gym in Waxahachie. He also trains with Larry North. He can be reached via his website at

Lydia Livingston is a senior at Waxahachie Global High School and a newsroom intern with the Daily Light. She is also a member of the Kernowstorm 94 Girls soccer team.