Run For Joy

It’s raining here in LA; not atypical in the least during this time of year and quite frankly, we need it!

And since it’s still rather mild in terms of temperature, especially in comparison to where I was for a few weeks during the holidays (England- where temps were barely over 0°C), it’s really  not much of an issue when it comes to going about normal exercise activity… so long as you’re engaged in one you like!

If you’re not, taking and making any excuse to not participate is often the path more frequently chosen.

I often use the example of children playing when trying to figure out a client’s best form of exercise to partake in.

Which is why, when I’m asked, “what’s the best type of exercise?”, the answer is the same for everyone: the one you’ll do!

Think about how children act when they’re playing.  Running, hopping, leaping, skipping, smiling and shouting with glee!  100% present and in the moment.

That’s how I feel when I’m running and I think it started the moment I was born…or perhaps at least the day I learned to walk!

This is precisely why I don’t find it to be a problem to run anytime, anywhere.  Traveling abroad, in the rain, in the snow, in the heat… whatever the climate, I can always run.  I’m waterproof, after all!

I’m certainly not suggesting everyone needs to run and they need to do it in less than idyllic weather conditions.

Rather, I’m posing a question to you:  is what you’re doing working?  And are you actually doing it?  Or, are you finding that any little reason to skip that spin class, that yoga session or that Cross Fit workout is all it takes to shrug your shoulders and chalk it up to not having enough time, or something suddenly coming up.

If it’s a priority, you’ll find the time.

But how do you figure it out when you feel you’re in a rut, or like nothing is sounding enjoyable?

Try something new, and try something else new and keep doing it until you find the thing that takes you back to being a 5 year old on the playground.

Look at the look on this little boy’s face, despite the rain, despite the mud and imagine yourself feeling that way, not just for a second, but regularly.   Every day.

This is what it’s all about.

Find your joy in moving today!

What are you going to try next?