I Get My Best Ideas …While I’m Sweaty: Fit Dish Link-up

Is that too much info? Sorry, but I’ve decided today to participate in #DishTheFit hosted by Jessica Joy of The Fit Switch and Jill Conyers of Jill Conyers.com and their topic this week is “Does Your Mind Wander? Thoughts While Running or Working Out.”

As I stated in my post title, I get my best ideas while I’m sweaty and no, I don’t mean while I’m sitting around just being sweaty, I mean when I’m working out.

I used to say I got my best ideas while I was drunk, but really, they weren’t my best ideas. Obviously.

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That gif right there just about sums up the entirety of my so-called “best ideas”, circa 2000-2010, based on general risk, scale, and stupidity.

SO glad I turned over a new leaf several years back…

But seriously, when I am out on a run or even leading a class I feel like I am able to organize my thoughts so much better than when I sit around actually thinking about how I should approach a task.   For me, I think that these positive and good ideas come not only from the feel-good endorphins running through my veins, but also, because like attracts like, and doing something positive can only lead more positivity.

What do I think about while I’m working out?

Any number of things can go on in my crazy noggin while I’m in a sweat session.   Lately, I’ve been thinking about my wedding plans and about seeing my fiance soon.  Keeping it clean, people, just generally being happy about seeing him since it’s been nearly two months!  However, over the years, I have had many positive and wonderful ideas during runs.  I’ve come up with (but not limited to) the following:

  • Fun hashtags.  I came up with #ForTheHellaFit and I should probably use it, and so should you, because it’s really fun.  Seriously, why has this not caught on?
  • Recipes.  If you want to come up with a healthier version of a food, shout it out to me before I go lead a spin class, and I will come back with pure gold.  Okay, maybe not always, but sometimes, and that’s saying something.
  • Money management.  Things like “OMG Netflix has totally been charging me for the last three months and I stopped using it” or “I need to set up auto pay on my credit card bill” run through my mind and help to keep me on track.  My credit report would indicate otherwise, but those things are negative and designed to make us all feel just a little worse about ourselves.
  • …and that brings me to the biggest (and most productive) thought I have during a workout:  “I like me, flaws and all, and if you don’t?  Too bad!”  Some days I struggle with this, and hey, we all do.  However, the empowerment of a workout can do wonders for our confidence and the way we see ourselves.  That’s really what taking care of yourself is all about, isn’t it?  How we feel and how we see ourselves.  After all, living and being the very best version of you is tantamount to your overall success.

There’s no getting around it; exercise has improved my life in every single way.  I don’t think I would have made it through the last several years as well as I have without the power of working out.  All the hours spent with just me, in my own head, taking on this crazy world don’t even seem possible anymore without my dearest friend, fitness.  Even if I feel more like Rocky in those moments and slowly slip back into my insecurities, or less awesome ideas, a little of that fighter is still in me each and every day; and you want to know what I think of that?  It’s f’n fantastic!

Does your mind wander during exercise? Or in general?  Join the conversation at www.thefitswitch.org or www.jillconyers.com for the “Fit Dish” Linkup! #DishTheFit


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  1. November 11, 2014 / 7:17 pm

    How awesome you get so many great ideas during your workouts! I agree the exertion seems to enhance mental clarity. Could not agree more that exercise improves all aspects of life. : )

    • Erin
      November 11, 2014 / 8:57 pm

      Thanks, Marcia! I honestly don’t know where I’d be right now in life if I hadn’t become a “born again” fitness buff! It’s the best and it’s free (for the most part) – can’t beat it!

  2. November 12, 2014 / 12:27 am

    Loved reading this, and getting to know you! Your voice really comes through, which I love with blogging! i agree, i get my best ideas when i am sweaty too! Then after the workout, i try to keep my momentum going. And, i love your last part about loving yourself, and not caring about what others think. AMEN! Thanks for linking up. PS, i didn’t see your link on the list of posts, but i found you from commenting on others’ posts. Did i miss it? Just wanted to check, because people should be able to find your post! Take care : )

    • Erin
      November 12, 2014 / 12:46 am

      Hi Jessica! It means so much to me that you like my post. I think that I got so caught up in posting today that I spaced on the most important bit. I really enjoy the following #dishthefit gets! I also LOVE your blog and Jill’s! So excited to keep linking up!! 🙂

  3. November 12, 2014 / 1:07 pm

    I couldn’t agree more… I get my best ideas while working out. Specifically, running. My worst ideas also seem to come from working out. You win some, you lose some.

    Let’s make #ForTheHellaFit a thing! I’ll help you out 😉

    • Erin
      November 12, 2014 / 2:15 pm

      Hi Dominique! Haha – believe me I have some pretty lame ideas too while I am working out, but you’re right – you win some, you lose some! Yes! I really thought I was clever with that hashtag, let’s get it going!! 🙂

  4. November 12, 2014 / 6:47 pm

    My mind wanders a bit too much while out on a run. Not too much when I’m working out in the gym though..but that’s probably because I have so much to keep me entertained! haha You are so right! Working out really does create some awesome ideas! It gets the blood pumping and gets the mind going! It’s good for the body and mind! 🙂

    • Erin
      November 12, 2014 / 8:39 pm

      Hi Fawn! I had a friend when I was younger named Fawn and I haven’t met one since!! 🙂 I really think exercise should be mandatory during meetings and throughout the work day; instead of sitting around a table with coffee and doughnuts! This is also something I think about while I’m thinking during my workouts lol 🙂

  5. November 13, 2014 / 9:13 am

    Erin I’m so glad you linked up and introduced me to your blog! You’re so right about exercising improving life. I think if more people would start, stick with it through the beginning (which is the hardest part) and get to that oh so good feeling they would make a lifestyle change!

    So happy to meet you and welcome to the #fitfam 🙂

    • Erin
      November 13, 2014 / 12:34 pm

      Hi Jill! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit, it’s really an honor that you and Jessica took the time to read my blog and say hi! I really enjoyed this week’s link-up and I’m really excited to keep participating! I really enjoyed your insight at Blog Well Summit last month, by the way! 😉

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