There are always a few nudges and tweaks you can do when it comes to your health and wellbeing aren’t there - especially, for many of us, when it comes to exercise!
I’m not talking dramatic changes just the odd nudge now and again can be beneficial, as I found out recently…
We count ourselves as being incredibly lucky living in the Scottish Borders, one of the most beautiful places in the country. When I go for a couple of jogs every week…terming it a run would be a stretch of the imagination…I rarely come across anything or anyone with only wildlife to keep me company. I know, how fabulous, that is until I found myself being followed, at a pace, by the local pack of hounds out for their morning stroll!
Gone was the luxury of gently jogging along, mulling over what I had to do that day, enjoying my surroundings with the morning sun breaking through the clouds!
I soon realised if I didn’t get a move on I was going to be amongst said hounds, alongside the Huntsman & whippers-in who, I add, were on bikes, doing an admirable job keeping the pack together.
I realise I don’t have a long fluffy tail nor a pointy nose and although small, am a tad over 50cm in height, so the hounds would probably have no interest in me whatsoever but…they are rather large and there are rather a lot of them! Having dogs of our own I’m not easily fazed by other dogs but on that particular occasion I didn’t fancy an en masse bonding session!
Result being - I realised I was capable of running quite a bit faster than I normally do!
At one point on my usual route I go past the local farm where their sheep dog, Mack, always heralds anyone passing with a warm & welcoming bark. Having past this point I felt I could relax my pace a little, wrongly assuming that the hounds wouldn’t have followed my route…two minutes later Mack could be heard along with the accompaniment of the local ‘hounds operatic society’!
Needless to say I sped up again and to the surprise of my husband returned home in record time.
To this day like Pavlov’s dogs when I hear Mack’s cheery hello it triggers something in my brain and I genuinely speed up…dare I say I actually break into a run!
The obvious message is…whatever you enjoy doing exercise wise, whether its dancing around the kitchen to your favourite tunes, skipping at the back door, or going for a cycle…turn up the volume of your radio, do an extra 5 mins jumping up and down (your pelvic floor will love you too!), go for a slightly longer cycle…or if you’re busy balancing on one leg whilst meditating…breath even deeper…and for longer!
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