|I can't complain too much. This is my|
morning running route. Beats breathing
in car exhaust and running through
crowds of people on the street, eh?
I was thinking just this at 7:30 this morning as I was about to cough up my first of two lungs in the woods running next to a woman who doesn't even breathe heavy (biotch....in the nicest way possible of course). I have just come back from a few days away for the Easter long weekend and only had one day (Sunday) without exercise. I felt as though I had taken off a week. So I thought I would take this opportunity to talk about the importance of rest. Rest for the mind, body, and soul....not just the muscles.
Of course, the "Rest Principle" is a biggie (although completely overlooked) in fitness training. Your body needs rest to repair and strengthen the tissues you break down through exercise. Without rest, your performance and energy will slowly decrease and you will be left wondering where you will find the strength to lift your pen at the office. The same principle applies to the mind and soul.
|This picture was taken at Beacon Hill Park in|
Victoria this weekend. Nothing comes close
to a lazy day in the grass, next to the ocean,
among the tulips and daffodils...in Victoria.
I think, however, the trick is knowing when a vacation is needed. I'm not talking a trip somewhere exotic, just a trip away from the normalcy of your life. It could be a day away in another town, or in a book, or doing something completely different. We all know this is important, but we also all get wrapped up in our work, kids, family, friends, and drama not to notice how long it's been since we rested.
Rest is an investment in our mental, spiritual, and physical health. It can save our relationships and enhance our happiness and appreciation for what we have and where we are in life. Of course, it can't change how we may feel about going back to reality....I don't know what can help you with that except maybe chocolate and red wine. Of course, rest can also provide us with that perspective that may help us make decisions or help us realize what we truly want. Sometimes these revelations are a relief and other times (if you are lucky) they can be really scary (those are the best kind in my opinion...many people walk around never experiencing the truth in themselves). Oh God...I better go...I"m starting to sound like a self-help book.
|There are some definite favorite spots of mine in |
my new town...this picture of the marina is one of them.