When I was hiking in the mountains close to Malibu, I felt overwhelmed at times by the inclines, but there was no way I was backing down. I mean I wasn’t climbing Everest or anything.
As is true for most times when I exercise, there comes a point in the journey where my mind and body get into a groove. Once the groove happens my brain clicks, and the next thing you know, I’ve switched into a motivational mode. I begin to have realizations and new solutions to old problems.
On my hike I got in touch with how much I love being outdoors. I started remembering all of the trails I could get to within a 45 minute ride from my house. I invented all sorts of fun add-on activities I could plan, like picnics and fun snacks, etc. and I realized that if I did some or all of these things, my quality of life would be elevated. The element of exercising outdoors has been missing for me, so this set of insights really impacted me.
Aside from seeing all sorts of beautiful vistas, stopping to rest and meditate in a cave along the way and snap all sorts of pictures, the best thing I got out of my hikes in Southern California is how important moving is for our peace of mind. We arrive at amazing insights because our minds are distracted by the act of exercise.
Here is a message I received today from a friend, on this very topic.
She said, “Had a great spin this morning. Just wanted to share my ‘life-lesson’ with you. I got a hateful and hurtful email last night [from my ex-husband] but I purposely didn’t read it until I was ready to spin. The class was a good distraction. The instructor had us doing hills. I thought oh great.
The ‘a-ha moment’ came when the instructor said steep hills will always be a challenge; they will always be steep. They don’t get easier; you just get up them faster. They require the same amount of effort, but eventually not as much time. This was like a bolt of lightening hitting me and I realized that I’m so much faster these days at getting over the hurtful things my ex-husband says. I will always have to deal with the hill but my endurance and strength get me over the issues faster.”
You never know what you’ll get to the bottom of when you workout, but I know for certain, if you show-up and stick it out, you will be granted a gift that has the power to make your day. It may even change your life.