After a solo run I feel energized, refreshed, more positive, and present. Use your time in your running shoes as you do your time on the yoga mat--as a chance to breathe, to practice self-love, and connect to the world around you. I guarantee, you will NOT regret using your run as a moving meditation.
Three Tricks to Transform Your Run Into A Moving Meditation:
1. DITCH THE MUSIC.
I know this may be hard for many of you, but to really connect to the now--you need to shut of the tunes. Leave the music at home.
Turning off the music allows you to tune into to YOU. Listen to your breath as you inhale and exhale. Hear the birds chirping around you, cars honking, cyclists passing you, and the buzz of life around you. Music is great but it can take you away from the present moment and make you less aware of your surroundings. Let your breathe and the noise around you be the music to move you along.
2. RUN SOMEWHERE SCENIC.
|View from a run in St. Petersburg, Florida|
Find somewhere pretty to run that makes you feel good. The treadmill is fine for rainy days, but when the weather is nice--get outside, run somewhere beautiful, and appreciate the great views around you. Even if it's just a neighborhood filled with houses, get outside and appreciate the houses as you run by. No matter if you run the same route every single day, there is always something different to appreciate about it. Feel the air on your skin as you run, the sun beating down (or clouds covering the sun), and experience the wonder that is the great outdoors.
3. SMILE WHILE YOU RUN.
Try a smile. Keep it on your face for your entire run. Enjoy! :D
BONUS: SING WHILE YOU RUN. (Because that's even better than smiling.)
I dare you! :)
What are your favorite ways to turn your run into a meditation in motion?