Life is strange.
You can go from day to day, week to week doing the same old stuff without much thought for whether it’s good, bad or indifferent. And then one day, for no good reason, you do something differently.
You might turn down another road on your way to work. Or, like me on Sunday morning, you might decide to get up and do some skipping.
I have no idea what possessed me to do this.
We do skipping at Fit Camp on occasion, but I’ve not once caught myself wishing I could join in. I do something active every day, so I wasn’t looking for something new to do and I don’t remember reading an article about how amazing skipping was for your health.
But Sunday morning saw me in my garden, rope in hand, headphones in and timer set for some interval skipping just to see how I got on.
Well I loved it.
And I don’t just mean, ‘that-was-fun’ I mean full on L.O.V.E.D-I.T!!
So much so that Monday morning saw me out there again. Doubling up my time and smiling the whole way through. In fact between you and me, I overdid it on Monday. I ached so much. So, so much on Tuesday that I couldn’t turn the rope. My shoulder blades were on fire and I had blisters on my fingers!
But since then, I’ve been out there every single morning.
I’ve questioned why it’s ticked the feel-good boxes in my head so much.
- It’s outside. Yep, tick. I simply love to be outside.
- I can do it. Yep, tick. I don’t have to learn this to get some good results, I’m a proficient skipper.
- It’s doing me good. Yep, tick. There’s no doubt that jumping like a loony for half an hour is a good cardio workout.
- I do it on my own, first thing. Yep, tick. I am very much someone who gets the virtuous feeling of working out early. I don’t feel like it takes my time up if no one else is up. The minute it seems to be leeching into my day I resent it.
- I listen my music. I find there’s something about putting headphones on, a hat on and just going with it to make me feel like I’ve got my positive pants on all day.
And that stuff above about taking a different turn? The example above is a true one.
I have a friend who one day, for no reason, decided to take a new route to work. On the route she let another car out in front of her. He smiled to say thanks, she liked that. She took the same route the next day, the same thing happened. After two weeks of this, one day in traffic, Mr ‘smiled-to-say-thanks’ got out of his car walked back to hers and handed her his business card. The rest they say is history. She called him, they met, they married, they moved in, they now have a 12 year old daughter… from one different turning taken on a regular journey.
So the next time life throws you a curve ball roll with it. Make the different turn, apply for the job, turn up to a class, wear a new lipstick.
You never know where you may end up, and hey? It could improve your life!
If you love being outside, doing something you love, that’s doing you good, with or without music take a look at our Weekender events page.
We’ve got three this year. A Walking Weekender in May ( 2 places left), Fido Fit Camp in September (your dog comes too) and a Fitness Weekender at the end of September (hotel luxury with Fit Camp ethics).
We’d love to have you join us!