Friday, 29 October 2010

How do you feel when.....

......you exercise?




I want you to just sit, for a moment, and think about how you feel, in your head and your heart and your body when you exercise. Just be, and breath, and sit with that thought pattern for a moment. And think, and remember, and recall, your feelings surrounding exercise.

Incidental or planned. Inside or outside. On dry land or in water. It doesn't matter what you perceive as exercise, just hook your brain into thinking it about it for a little while?

Before exercising, how are you talking to yourself? What emotions are popping up?

How do you feel. deep inside?

During exercise? Is your body hurting? Does it feel ungainly? Is there an echo of ease? A muscle or mental memory of how good this really really feels?

And afterwards? In the shower, back at your desk, moving on with your day, what are your senses doing? Try and figure out how you feel mentally, physically and emotionally?

I would love it if you wanted to share with me all of those feelings.

But I would love it even more if you just remembered those feelings next time you procrastinated over whether to go and get some exercise.

28 comments:

  1. I used to do weights training, pre-second child. I haven't gone back to it for the past year and it's something I miss. Whenever I do any strenuous repetitive exercise these days, it really is like my muscles/body remembers. They almost sing! Pretty soon after that my brain gets a hit and I begin to hear "Yes - yes - yes - I can do this", probably my days of having a personal trainer coming back ;)
    I get into a vicious circle of not exercising and then getting depressed, then not exercising because I'm depressed! Aaaargh. It is hard to break out of, but just one simple morning walk with the dog makes me invigorated all day, I feel more tired at night and sleep soundly. I am in the early stages of re-introducing exercise (combo of lifestyle, work, and yes, depression, has been clouding my decision to get moving until recently) so a walk a day is doing wonders on its own. I know that when I am more fit, I'll need to do more to get that same all-day buzz.

    Ooops I didn't quite answer the question I don't think!

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  2. Shawn BeckerOctober 29, 2010

    I just posted on today's run and am still feeling fantastic. Was it only the run? No, it was the inspiration at the end..you never know who you will meet on the journey of life!

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  3. I feel alive. I love the burn, the pain, the sweat. It reminds me that I am changing my body for the better. That feeling is addictive.

    Www.the-Danielle-files.blogspot.com

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  4. Gill@OurParklifeOctober 29, 2010

    great post Lucy, and thanks for reminding me how wonderful exercise is!

    I always feel happy when I exercise - even when it is just dancing around the lounge room with the kids, being silly and letting go (actually, especially when I do this!)

    Exercise is surely good for the soul, not just the body, right?

    Gill xo

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  5. Jodie at Mummy MayhemOctober 29, 2010

    Sometimes I feel great - most of the time, I just want it to be over! But afterwards....afterwards it's worth it, because it's then I feel fantastic!

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  6. Amazing post. I'd never sat down to actually think through the feelings properly.

    During a workout, I feel like my lungs are opening up. I love that deep breathing, full of air feeling. It's addictive.

    Afterwards, theres that warm fuzzy feeling, when all the blood is still pumping. Plus that blissful state where it feels like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders.

    Love it xx

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  7. Love this post Lucy.
    What amazes me after 10 weeks of running is that in my mind I expected to feel so much physical pain, soreness and discomfort. And I can honestly say none of that has happened. It's not that I'm not pushing it hard enough, believe me I am, I felt physically sick for about two minutes after my run yesterday. But that was just me spent. And once those two minutes were up, the last 46 minutes of sweating it out were all worth it. And the fact that I feel amazing for 24 hours after an exercise session? Well, that's just the icing on the cake (figuratively speaking of course!). xx

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  8. I feel proud when I do it... :)

    - Lisa
    http://inweighovermyhead.blogspot.com/

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  9. Bottle those feelimgs of pride Lisa. Plenty more where that feeling comes from. xx

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  10. Oh yes you did, you sure did answer the question. xx

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  11. Gill, that is exsactly it, our bodies are designed to move and when you let go, the soul and the body is getting what it needs - and we feel happy. You so get it. xx

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  12. Ah Jane, that is EXACTLY it. xx

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  13. But you keep on doing it....so those feelings of fantasticness must be greater than the wanting it to be over! xx

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  14. So true. The aching that I get from weights never happens with a run. I knew you would get this Shelley - you excitement over your running is kind of what inspired me to nut out this post - so thank you. xx

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  15. The best form of addiction! xx

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  16. Off for a look now!

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  17. I swear Lucy you can read my mind!

    I snoozed this morning and thought its Friday I deserve a sleep in and then while driving to work I wished that I had gotten up and gone for my walk. I just feel flat today!!

    Exercise makes me feel fantastic, that I'm on top of the world and can achieve anything. but more than this the feeling that I get when I don't exercise just sucks!!

    PS - I'm going to start calling you my conscience!

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  18. Im feeling...sad because Ive been exercise derailed for a few months. the feeling? I CAN STILL EASILY MENTALLY FEEL!!!

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  19. It's the 'afterwards' I love. The during, I always find tough - mentally more than anything. As with life in general, I struggle to stay in the moment and instead start thinking about how much more there is to go, whether I can make it... etc. etc. I have to really, really focus on staying in the right now.

    Afterwards, though, that feeling of having just achieved something... that sense of a clear head and open airways... that feeling of 'I can do anything' even when I doubted myself - it's unbeatable.

    And, today, with a cold and blocked up head and nose, and a piece of writing I just couldn't get right, I went outside and did my running session. I came back in, head clear, looked at this story and knew exactly what I wanted to say. It was all so clear. Perfect.

    Great post, Lucy xx

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  20. I am glad you can still feel it in your head! Why no cardio?! NO! xx

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  21. Move towards those good feelings babe. xx

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  22. Thanks Megan. I am so glad. It fixes so many things. xx

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  23. I've done a couple of runs recently and felt better for them. I just need to get into a better routine for them. I had a chat with my dad tonight about it and he made some really helpful suggestions. I think I'm ready now.....
    Wonderful post as always x

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  24. mymindoverfatterOctober 30, 2010

    It depends on the day mostly... what I've been doing and how ready I am. I am doing lots of power walking (3-4 miles) plus the Shred (urghhhh) and kick boxing cardio twice a week. Oh and as well have had to do a ton of physically stuff around the house outside prepping for winter. So for the past two weeks I've been pretty exhausted. I did have to balance what workouts I was doing with the other chores as I was afraid I was going to really hurt myself.

    Anyway... my favorite is kick boxing for sure. Although the first 5-10 minutes of warm up are a struggle once I am past that I love it and can do it for hours. Then my power walks cause I love being outdoors and my doggie likes it too! Lastly the dreaded Shred; like the results but man is it grueling at times depending on how ready I am. 12 straight days and still on level 1.

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  25. You know it's been months since I exercised, and I used to do it like clockwork. I'm usually tired and sore after a workout (hmmm...was not a problem when I was younger!), but it's a good kind of tired. I like the feeling of being able to bound up the stairs and not be winded, which I don't have now, or pick up one of my kids and carry them around without it being too tiring. I miss that.

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  26. I hope your opportunities to get out and workout will come again soon. xx

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  27. So many folk have told me how hard the Shred is. I may have to invest in a copy, just to see!

    I did kickboxing last year and like you, I LOVED it. (It clashes with my husbands cricket training - devestated.)

    Take is easy.....

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  28. Thank you Sarah, and I am SO glad you are finding a groove......xx

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