Brain Fog Lift Off in T minus Three Miles
The kinder , gentler spring days are slowly arriving here in Missouri and it’s time to tip our stocking caps to Old Mr. Winter…..hasta la vista wintertime….don’t let the door hit you in the ??? well you know what I mean.
Don’t get me wrong, I do have a fondness for all of Missouri’s seasons, even winter. Who doesn’t love to sit by a warm crackling fire watching beautiful snowflakes fall, sipping hot chocolate? However, I have had just about enough of my treadmill in the basement and I am ready to hit the pavement with all the glorious sights, sounds, and smells of springtime. Today was one of those days.
With the crisp morning air calling my name, the sun peeking through the cirrus clouds I stumbled out of bed, completed my morning rituals, COFFEE, and off I went on a glorious walk up and down the hills of my rural country road. Yes that’s right I walk on the highway but this morning in particular I did not see one single car in the 45 minutes I was out there. Yes it’s rare to not see a car during my walk, but this morning was one of peace and quiet which I credit to the Good Lord having a hand in making my morning walk even more tranquil, heck my dogs didn’t even find me which usually makes for a less than peaceful walk albeit entertaining!
One of my favorite benefits from walking is the clarity it brings to my mind. I pretty much wrote this blog in my head during my walk this morning. When I am on the treadmill, I typically have the TV on and yes, I may be getting good information depending on the content of the show I am watching, but that is more information (input) into my already overloaded brain. Walking with nature allows me to breathe, let go, process and output information. Yes, I know that the real “physical” reason I am feeling so giddy about my walk is the simple fact that with exercise comes the increased level of endorphins (the feel good hormones) in the blood stream. A brisk walk is one of the best natural energizers around as it boosts circulation and increases oxygen supply to each and every cell in your body, helping you to feel more alert and alive. It wakes up stiff joints and eases muscle tension so you feel less sluggish. So yes, those are a few of the physical reasons my morning walk was a hit this morning but wait there’s more!
With age, I have found I am a bit more disciplined in my personal health, not just body but mind and spirit as well. For years now, I have integrated my daily prayers into my walking regimen. I have a little talk with God and say a few prayers, then carry on with the purging of excess information in my brain by walking, breathing and clearing my mind or brainstorming new ideas. With this routine, it catches it all body, mind, and spirit.
Perhaps you feel that you are not ready for three miles and that’s ok. However to receive the benefits of exercise, specifically walking, you have to start somewhere and with spring being the season of new beginnings there is no better time than the present to get started. Remember the words of Tony Robbins, “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” Create your vision, set your intention, and get started in the decision process of setting the goal you are comfortable with in beginning the journey of your walk to happiness?