I had been planning a rest day today before starting a new workout program tomorrow . Since it’s such a nice day out I decided to take my little one with me (she rode her bike) and I went for a walk. I decided to focus on enjoying the movement and being present in the moment.
I used to walk just about every day for my exercise. I’d wear my Fitbit and/or a Heart Rate Monitor and focus on pace and calories burned. I’d get irritated if my kids were with me and wanted to stop and look at something, or if a neighbor was out and wanted to chat. It was all about the numbers for me.
Therefore, some days I enjoyed it, but most I didn’t. If I didn’t burn enough calories or beat my previous pace, I’d be upset. And if I happened to be slower than normal, oh the horror! And worst of all, I wasn’t seeing results.
Today the only gadget I had was my phone for some music. I waved to neighbors and stop to chat with a few. I looked at every pretty rock G wanted to show me and listened to whatever she had to say. When she wanted to ride farther ahead I listened to music. I enjoyed the sun, the breeze and signs of spring.
I know how far I went because it’s the route I always take, however, I have no idea how long it took or how many calories I burned. Best of all, I don’t care!
Be present. Enjoy the sun. Listen to your kids. Enjoy the moment! Where ever you are, be all there!