This time of year is all about energy! Looking about in the countryside it is amazing to see everything springing to life. With sunshine and rain coming at regular intervals flowers are springing up everywhere and the grass is growing at a rate of knots. On this mornings run I saw the most beautiful bluebells in the wood. Seeing the countryside coming to life can be a great inspiration in terms of getting ourselves out there and being active.
Running through the tracks in our local wood is one of my favourite routes. Running by the trees gives me a real sense of speed. The ground is soft and springy and that is great for my joints, much better than a road plod! The atmosphere in a wooded area is different, the air is different somehow, I love to stop and take a few deep breaths to enjoy it before I carry on. Enjoyment really is key to having the motivation to go regularly.
Adding variety to your training is a great way to stay interested and to get the most benefit from the time you put in. When I wake I often think about what exercise I will do that morning. I love to run but I also like to make each one a little different. This morning was a gentle run, I didn’t push myself too much, I was kind to myself and took it gently. Tomorrow I will probably go down to our local cricket field and do a speed session, push it a bit more. I often warm up round the outside and then do some stretches going as fast as I can. The site screens are great markers for this.
Hill training is another great way that I vary my training. Doing the same run day after day looses it’s benefit but when we add the element of a steep hill to our work out we burn more calories, strengthen our legs and really get a sweat on. So chose a number of repetitions and have a go.
Another option in my local area is the outdoor gym. It is about a mile from my house. So I warm up with a jog over there, do 20 minutes on the machines and then jog back. Perfect.
I live in a really quiet village and yet there are so many options for training now that the mornings and the evenings are lighter. They are all free, I don’t have to drive anywhere and they are all great for fitness. So if you struggle to motivate yourself adding some variety to your exercise routine could really help.
With mindfulness one of the key principals is being interested and inquisitive. So adding some different experiences to your day will help you to stay mindful too. If you run the same route day in, day out the likelihood is that the experience will pass in a blur of mental chatter. If you go somewhere new or do something different your mind will be with you. When you focus on what you are actually doing rather than being lost in thought you are so much more likely to love the experience and to finish happy. Give it a go.
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