This morning mum and I took Beau for a run. She is a strong dog and we tried a new approach today. We clipped 2 leads onto her, one on her harness and one on her collar and then we ran either side whilst she went in the middle.
It was perfect, she loved it and we weren’t pulled along. The run was really good fun and we all got back feeling relaxed but as though we had achieved a good work out.
Having Beau with us really kept our attention, she kept us in the moment and I think that was why we loved it so much.
Here’s why being mindful is great when you exercise…
1) It gives you a break from the usual mental chatter that goes on. When we were out we weren’t worrying about the rest of the day. We weren’t planning our next job or worrying about things that had already happened. We really just enjoyed being there, doing what we were doing and most of all we enjoyed each others company.
2) For some of us it is easy to get carried away with exercise and to push ourselves too far. For others it is hard to get motivated and doing any exercise seems like a huge challenge. Whichever camp you are in you will benefit from mindfulness. When you are mindful you see things in perspective and you realise that short bursts of exercise are great. Half an hour in the fresh air first thing in the morning makes you feel amazing.
3) Whether you exercise in the gym with music on or whether you head to the great outdoors it is so much better when you appreciate your surroundings. It is easy when we exercise to get or heads down and to become consumed by our internal world. When we do this we can actually make exercise stressful, we worry about our speed, our technique, how we look and maybe our ability to keep going. Noticing your surroundings is a great way to take the pressure off and to actually enjoy what you are doing!
So if you think mindfulness could transform your fitness life come on a Revitalise Session to get started.