I wanted to call this blog post “Shake Your Bootie”, but I didn’t want to offend anyone 🙂 I DID want to get your attention. I am positive that body movement is crucial for the health of your body, mind, and spirit. It’s easy (around these parts at this time of the year) to stay inside and forgo the walks. It’s easy to become unmotivated. The gloomy days can really do a number on your energy and mood. But the thing you are avoiding is the very thing that can recharge your entire being!
Yesterday was a cold day. There wasn’t a lot of snow on the ground, but the streets in my subdivision were packed down pretty good. You couldn’t see the bare street. It was early afternoon and the sun was trying to shine. I had seen them in the basement. I had to move them away from a minor plumbing leak. I looked for the boots and then brought it all upstairs. I found the warm hiking socks and the long underwear. I tried on the snow pants…..and they still fit! I put on a thick turtleneck sweater and got out the blue and cream 80’s sweater still hiding in my dresser. Out I went…all 57 years of me….to cross-country ski. I saw it as an opportunity to get my sea legs back. I hadn’t skied in at least 8 years. I skied around the cul de sac to get my footing….and then I took off onto the main street. It felt SO good! The movement….the air….the brisk temperature. My body warmed up quickly. I swear I heard my heart say “thank you”. I felt good the entire rest of the day. If winter cooperates, I will definitely be taking these skis to St. Patrick’s Park (or someplace similar) for a real tour. I got up…I got out…and I got moving. I declare 2014 as the Year of Movement! I don’t want to lose it, so I WILL use it 🙂