"Exercise not only changes your body, it changes your mind, your attitude and your mood."
During troubled times exercise is a blessing. Exercise does the body wonders and refreshes the mind with energy and positive vibes. A new perspective is brought forth and new horizons can be imagined. If you can walk, run, or ride a bike around your neighborhood, keeping a distance between you and your neighbors, you will feel instantly better. Endorphins will flow within as the sun beats down on you and the habitat.
Notice the small things in life such as the lush colorful flowers blooming, sunrays, bumblebees, birds chirping and friendly smiles from others bringing joy and peace. If you dwell in an apartment or condominium, step outside and take a twirl. Let the sun, wind and environment brighten the body and mind. Every moment is a gift so get ready to expand your horizons and be grateful for another glorious day.
"Waves are the voices of the tides. They are the oceans pulse, and our own hearth." Tamora Pierce (American Writer)
Currently, I am reading, Beach House for Rent, a six-part trilogy by Mary Alice Monroe, fourth in the series. The novels take place in the scenic Lowcountry of South Carolina specifically in Charleston and Isle of Palms. I love the imagery of the soft sand, rushes, birds, loggerhead turtles, the sun shining, ocean waves, palm trees, grasses, scents, smells and myriad of other beauty depicted in the tales. Of course, there is a unique and wonderful story in each volume. What does this have to do with exercise you ask? Well, the characters are often depicted as walking or running on the beaches, gardening, taking in the sunsets from their oceanfront porches, visiting with friends and family while enjoying the present.
Of course, most of us today are restricted somewhat from seeing family and friends due to the virus. Or working with your co-workers who daily brought camaraderie while you built, created and filled your minds with ideas. Since working at home is the new norm and for others who have lost their jobs sometimes it is pleasant to take a respite. Thus, it is delightful to escape into the human condition, self-discovery and poignant stories, well-crafted with beloved characters amidst the depicted garden of paradise scenery.
Monroe's writing is as descriptive and moving as Pat Conroy and Dorothea Benton Frank's fiction. If you love the Lowcountry of South Carolina you will be charmed with these exceptional and heartwarming works of fiction. For all my girlfriends a must to read. It is the bonds that keep the sisterhood alive and well. Someday, I will visit this magical place.
"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it." Edith Wharton (American Novelist)
For us in the Pacific Northwest, we too have beauty surrounding us on a daily basis. Eagles, blue herons soar while birds sing songs against the tall and commanding evergreen trees with lakes, rivers, streams swirled in among the stunning and breathtaking scenery. Don't forget the Cascades and Olympic mountains, Mount Baker, the Pacific Ocean, San Juan Islands, whales, dolphins, seals, cougars, bears, bobcats, and the ultimate snow-covered jewel Mount Rainier (known as The Mountain). The Mountain crowns the land and terrain.
Yes, the Pacific Northwest is the best kept secret. You may think it rains all the time but it truly does not. When it does rain most north-westerners love the peace and tranquility. The rain rejuvenates the land and when the sun shines it is divine and relished. What do we all do best here? We keep moving.
"Go fast enough to get there but slow enough to see." Jimmy Buffett (American Singer and Songwriter)
Walking and running have always been a favorite pastime for me. In recent years tennis has overtaken my time and running was put on the back burner. As for walking it has remained a constant daily endeavor. However, with the shelter in place order, I have been contemplating running again. Nature, as I stated, is soothing and calming.
Recently I chatted with my neighbor across the street about her new running shoes. As a result, I purchased them. Since tennis at the club has no start date in sight, running will be my reclaimed form of exercise. Of course, combined with daily walking too. A variety is always good. By the way, in case you are wondering, we live in an area surrounded by horse trails which creates open spaces for outdoor activities. Being active is always top of mind.
Therefore, the ultimate point is getting outside, revel in the fresh air and be thankful for the life you are leading. Your worries and thoughts will temporarily be vanished. A clean slate for a better today and tomorrow. Walk, run, and keep moving. The world is full of possibilities. You are at the helm of making them happen for you.
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