In a previous life, I did motor skill rehab with a little boy dual diagnosed with autism. His only verbal communication was ‘It’s for reeeeeeeeal’, which he would say each time he executed a skill. As his skills improved and we began to play catch or kick back and forth at a more rapid pace he would get frustrated if I returned the ball to him before he finished, which he showed by either kicking or throwing the ball away from me. I learned to hold my return kick or throw until the last L of real disappeared.

To the naked ear his phrase might seem nonsensical, completely disconnected to playing catch or kick but I think he was on to something because so much about activity IS ‘for reeeeeeeeal’. Unless compromised by a complication, with regular exercise you WILL get stronger, become more flexible, feel better, sleep better, have more energy, be more inclined to eat healthy, be more productive at work, and realize a gazillion other benefits including how the gains will transfer to sports play. You will run faster, throw harder, kick farther…

And, as you use your ‘Footprint to display your achievement your motivation also strengthens from feeding itself with the success you accumulate that never has to be negotiated, rationed or qualified. ‘It’s for reeeeeeeeal’ each and every time!