It was awesome, I put on my running gear first thing, I walked my little girl to her daycare up the road, and headed straight to the park after. I had rationalised with myself that I would only go halfway around, because I had lots of work to do, but when my legs got moving, I felt so good I decided to to the full 5 kms. I’ve been reading and listening to the gorgeous Danielle La Porte’s work on Core Desired Feelings, and I realised that day when I ran I felt freedom, ease, energy, and joy. When I decided not to turn back early I was choosing to run for joy.
When I play with Ruby, who is now nearly 21 months, she runs as often as she possibly can, for joy. Luckily we live across from a park so there’s lots of opportunities for running play. The playful, joyous freedom I see on her face, reminds me that we all can feel this way. I get that feeling running and playing with her too. Pure active joy.
Some days they’re a drag, I’m tired and my legs feel like lead. I’ve realised that on those days, instead of pushing, pushing, pushing, I’m better off working-in, doing some more restorative activity like yoga or meditation, while my energy is low.
We’re all familiar with a work-out, expending energy, huffing and puffing raising the heart-rate and sweating. A work-in, draws in energy instead of expending it, it is more gentle, slower, even still, and gives you an all day glow of good feeling. A work-in puts your body into a state of rest and relaxation. It activates your parasympathetic nervous system for repair and regeneration. Meditation, some types of yoga, deep breathing are all examples of a work-in.
Focusing on how you want to feel gives you more freedom to choose the activity that will make you feel good in that moment, on that day. Some days you need to sweat and expel excess energy, somedays you need to soak it up. Most days I love a good weights session or HIIT group circuit, and I also love yoga, running, swimming & meditation. Some days I do both. (Wow! then I even impress myself) In fact, I definitely feel best when I’ve done a work-out and a work-in. What do you love? For me, Hatha Yoga is my working-in, giving back to my body when I’ve been burning the candle at both ends and need to refill my cup. (to mix a metaphor) What is your favourite work-out? What is your favourite work-in?
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