Today the weather was so lovely that despite planing to have the weekend off running I couldn’t resist it when my mum asked me if i’d like to go out with her. We went round the Prestwold Estate which is just gorgeous. Our route took us through the woods, over fields, through the church yard and past Prestwold Hall. Everything looked even more beautiful because the sun was shining. I absolutely loved it.
We nattered all the way round and enjoyed every moment of being out. The combination of a great catch up and beautiful surroundings was just perfect. We didn’t go far really, we were out for about 40 minutes. 40 minutes was all we needed to feel good about having got out for a run and it meant that we weren’t exhausted when we finished.
It got me thinking about how my thoughts on exercise have changed. Before my diagnosis with MS I used to run a huge amount of miles. I always had a marathon that I was in training for and I was dedicated to fitting in masses of training. My diagnosis changed my priorities. Rather than allowing myself to indulge my competitive nature I made my priority my health and well being.
Although I would never have chosen to give up marathons I can now see the benefits. Doing shorter runs still keeps me fit and in shape. I still enjoy the amazing countryside that we live in. I have more time to fit in different activities like meditation, riding and yoga. I really feel that because I am not constantly pushing myself to the limit and wearing myself out my health is better than it has been for years.
We all need an exercise programme that suits us. We aren’t all built in the same way and we all need to work out what is best for us. Things change as we get older and accepting this can be really hard. Getting stuck in a routine with your exercise is really easy and if you just have the presence of mind to stop and think about what you do for your body and mind you could perhaps see a better way.
Mindfulness has been a huge help in terms of accepting the need to relax more and to look after myself. Sitting for 20 minutes a day and training my brain gives me the head space to think more clearly and enjoy the moment. Seeing the positives in life comes much more easily when your mind is less crowded by anxiety. Come on a Revitalise Day to see how you could benefit from a more mindful lifestyle.
The day retreats are held in a beautiful farmhouse in a lovely Leicestershire village. Taking the time to step away from everyday life and to allow yourself some time for reflection could be the perfect start to a more balanced lifestyle.