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Rejuvenation After Exercise

Most people dread exercise in one form or another we have started to notice. We cannot see how this works out. For us, exercise and physical activity give us a “high” very often. We believe maybe just because it is easier to sit on the couch and do nothing than it is to move that people dislike the idea of moving. To help prevent this, we have not only found joy in exercise, but we have found goals, challenges, and many pursuits which all can lead to a bit of a high inspiration.

I feel rejuvenated post workout recently. I do know that I enjoy exercise more than most people, but this is because I have found a source of fulfillment in what I am doing. It is good for the environment, my health, inspiring others and so on. Sometimes I get such a boost of energy after a workout that it ignites my whole day in fact. Of course, not every day is sunshine and rainbows because I definitely do have my days; however, I push through the hard ones and rejoice in times of triumph. My rejuvenation today was a bit of runner’s high. I tend to get this after running a short distance and then unleashing sprints. Whatever it is you do to find rejuvenation and get an exercise high, go for it and you will be thankful.

Recently I have even found that exercising in the morning is the best medicine for a good day; however, I am still taking my baby steps towards changing my routine from evening to morning or at least earlier in the day. The morning seems to be the ideal time because it wakes us, stimulates us. It prepares not only our body for more movement throughout the day but also gives our brain proper blood flow to trigger our thoughts. Also, exercise in the morning seems to trigger a “go-get-it” attitude for the rest of the day. I lean on this because I have always had a problem sustaining energy throughout the day. Jess has most often times exercised of the morning, and I can tell that she benefits greatly from it. Hopefully I can begin to move in that direction.

Not only giving me a high, exercising in the morning is easier than exercising later in the evening. Wait, you say, did I really just say that? Yes, indeed I did. Now this does not mean the first thing you have to do after you drag your butt out of bed is put on running shoes, chug an energy bar, and stretch your muscles. I suggest moving slowly at first. Eat something or get a drink, specifically coffee in my case along with water. Let your body open up to the new day and get the grogginess away. Basically you will be putting the bad part of the morning here. You know, the part that most people dread. After a bit of an awakened state, I suggest movement. Push yourself now and relax a bit after. You will feel rejuvenated.

Exercising in the evening is not all bad, though. I actually suggest another bout of exercise a few hours before sleep. This gets your body tired and ready to go into bed as long as you make sure it is two hours or more before bed. The main reason to avoid doing all of your workouts and movement in the evening dwindles down to the lack of motivation. Most people have worked eight or more hours, taken kids to soccer practice, commuted a long, boring way to work, or whatever other daily things you are doing. Sometimes these can smash down our motivation and prevent us from exercising to our full potential or even at all.

If the morning is not your thing, then exercising in the evening is fine. Movement is movement and any movement is better than no movement. To boost your exercise routine in the next couple days, try to find your “runners’ high” so to speak in whatever activity you are doing. Rejuvenation afterwards is always a good motivator.

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Our Favorite Ways to Move Physically

Everyone who loves to move probably enjoys moving in more than one way, and even those who don’t move enough or don’t want to move will eventually find different ways to move that they enjoy. I will not say that we are beast endurance athletes, but we do keep rather fit. For instance, at my current college I train for events up to the 800m in track and field, and Jess also competes in road races. In addition, I play the wing position on my university’s rugby team, and Jess has a strong background in basketball. We probably know more about movement in physical ways than most but are far from experts. We will show you our favorite ways of moving that we have learned, however.

  • Sports. One of the most enjoyable ways to move, sports provide physical activity, a challenge, and fun. Because most every sport involves a form of movement, whether it be jumping, sprinting, leaping, or jogging, they all add some necessary movement time to our lives. Not only motion, sports teach us valuable skills, such as teamwork, motivation, and of course sport-specific skills that can even transfer to the real world, also. We recommend taking up sports because they are by far the easiest way to get started moving, especially because they prove to be a challenge and many folks band together to play them.
  • Backpacking/Hiking. Although we have only done a handful of trips in our lifetime, backpacking is an up and coming hobby that we are obsessing over. It involves all essential movement skills and gives one much more than they seek. Because of this, backpacking is an ideal way of moving physically; once you start to move, you begin to move spiritually and mentally as well. Immersed in the wild or even at your city park, you will begin to breath deeper breaths, take in far away sights, and even stop to smell the roses. Backpacking also brings one down to the bare essentials of life. If you can’t carry it with you, you leave it! This style of minimalism brings one peace. Moving one spiritually and physically, backpacking is one of our favorite ways to move.
  • Outdoor Recreation. In the wild I begin to feel alive, as if my true purpose comes upon me. There are more types of outdoor recreation than we can even name, but almost every way is a great way to move. Personally we like rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, geocaching, skiing, bouldering, and of course backpacking and hiking as mentioned before. In the outdoors, one can feel a close sense of connection with nature, and this type of connection can help one grow in more ways than one. As of this moment, our skills in outdoor recreation are not massive, but we work toward building them because we have noticed how essential outdoor recreation can be. So if you are looking for new  ways to move that will also move you in more ways than physically, look into outdoor recreation.
  • Running. Yes, we are runners; we all are runners in the race of life. Life is actually a lot like running. The greatest way to move next to walking, running provides nearly all the benefits of the previous listed events and even more. You can run to race, run to overcome, run to lose, run for peace, or you can just run. Running is the essential form of movement; humans are born and designed to be runners. More posts on running will be posted later because it is just that great of a way to move.

This list is just a snippet of some of our favorite ways to move. We are hoping to add many more movements to this list someday because we don’t ever want to stop moving and learning. Look for individual posts for each section soon.

So. . .how do you move?

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