A body in motion

Posted: July 1, 2014 in Uncategorized
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“let’s go for a walk” My mom had four kids and while that may not sound like a lot I challenge you to watch three girls and one boy all day in summer. My sisters and I were out of school and mom did her best to keep us occupied all summer long. We spent a lot of time at the rec. department pool, the local library, the neighborhood park, the beach and when we got lucky we could score some free tickets and we would watch Major League Baseball! Almost every activity we participated in involved walking.

All three of my sisters are younger than me and if you have toddlers you understand that, young children do not travel lightly. Young children require some bags. Bags with bottles diapers, baby wipes juice boxes crackers. my mom would load up the red wagon full of the toddlers bags and the toddlers. After loading the wagon my sisters Stacie and I (she and I are only a year apart) would, get to footing.

When I got older I continued to walk, I still walk today and now I try to run at least three miles everyday. But why? Well, when we were kids we did it to get where we needed to go. Now why do I do it? Why walk when you can ride? Well I had always felt tired but invigorated after a walk or a run. I don’t think I am alone with this feeling. I have heard people suggest, taking a walk to clear ones mind, on more than one occasion.

Now it seems that science backs the mental clarity benefits of walking or any physical activity. Taking a walk can give us the alone time we desperately need to “de – clutter” your mind. With work and home our lives can get full of distraction and we can feel like we are involved in a life that is not ours. You almost feel like a bystander in your life, instead of the author of your life, so what is one to do? Well take a walk or go for a run. There is something cathatric and cleansing physically and mentally when it comes to completing a run or a walk. We can focus on the act of moving. One foot in front of the other.

One of my most favorite competitive runners  is John Bingham. John Bingham has faced some criticism because of his running philosphy but I love his quotes especially this one.

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“It was being a runner that mattered, not how fast or how far I could run. The joy was in the act of running and in the journey, not in the destination.”

— John Bingham

So when you are feeling down and out get moving. We are a mobile animal, and anyone can do it.

“If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.”

— John Bingham

 

peace john3c

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