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.
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