I love the way that exercise makes you feel good, simply put. I’ve recently been going to the swimming pool due to the days being darker and shorter. I generally find this time of year a tricky one, as do many other people I’m sure. Especially because I reckon the mornings are the best time to get your body moving, and without my morning walk I have been feeling rather lost!
The amazing thing, that you will find when you start to make movement before breakfast a ‘thing’ you just do is that you meet others doing something similar as well. So many other swimming folk doing their early morning thing – I met a woman who is a maths teacher at the high school next door, she has a 1 and 3 year old and takes herself swimming every Tuesday morning before work. For her it’s like a moment to herself which she fits in each week. And many of the other folk were over 70 or 80 years, which is really inspiring. Good on them I say!
Followed by some yoga stretches such as a lying twist and a standing forward fold, what a beautiful way to start the day.
When you start to make movement and exercise about sociability and mental health, rather than just losing weight, it becomes such a more enjoyable and meaningful experience. Something you want to do for life, rather than just as a quick fix to fit into clothes.
In this vein, have you seen this clip about Eileen Ash – a cricketer from Norwich – who practices yoga at 105 years old? Perhaps you have seen her in the newspaper already. If not, do take a look, I’m sure it will inspire you to get your yoga on as well 🙂
And then here is another clip where Eileen chats with another cricketer, who is 25 years old.