Image Courtesy of Feelart / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Another woman experiencing joy after a long run.
Fitness and exercise is my outlet, as well as for many other women out there. For example, my foster sister found joy in a double yoga class to alleviate stress, and to cope with the demands of two smart, upbeat children.This case was interesting. She was out shopping with her two beautiful girls, and the little one chucked the biggest tantrum out of the blue. Who knows, it must have been a full-moon at the time. Anyway, her yoga teacher bumped into her and saw this. Her remark: "now I understand the double yoga." Oh yes. The joys of exercise, and how they can help us solve problems while keeping fit simultaneously.
Physical fitness in the morning is super bliss. Doing any form of exercise, even if it is walking around the block is a woman's delight. This is a great way to start the day. Comparing a day of exercise to no exercise, you really feel fabulous at the end. For mums, this is essential you time. You work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for no salary. Don't you think you and your body deserves at least 10 minutes a day of alone time? Absolutely.
If exercise gives you joy, it is easy to wake up at the crack of dawn to arrive at the gym and/or yoga studio; as well as drag yourself out of bed at a more reasonable hour on a Sunday morning.
Walking around enables you to see more. It was when I was eight years of age, I was invited to run 800 metres at the school's athletics carnival. It was scary, like anything new. I was coming last, however, one of the nuns at the school immediately rang my mum to tell her of the news. When I arrived home, my mum had a cake ready made for me to celebrate this success, together with a "congratulations for running your first 800 metres race" message on top. That brought me immense joy, considering that my mother was in a wheelchair and unwell at the time. Her love and gratitude was really heartfelt. Then again, I spent two years in little athletics, and now to this day running long distances and in marathons (and soon to compete in my first triathlon) when I can.
I wasn't a swimmer before, yet swimming laps alone (again another form of exercise) brings me immense joy. I can easily (and do) swim 40 laps of backstroke as a form of exercise and release in the middle of a weekday when many others are stuck in an office cubicle slaving away. Even better, in the same pool that the olympians at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games competed in. Then again, when I was 12 I could not swim at all. My mum signed me up for swimming lessons, and I was learning how to swim in the babies pool in the final year of primary school. How embarrassing. Only six months later, I came third in a backstroke race at the high school swimming carnival, and from there that lucky streak continued.
Participating in community based fun run events that raise funds for charity is another joyful exercise program that women can participate in. With the majority of your entry fee going to charity, and in exchange you compete in a long-distance running event - it doesn't get any better than that. You're helping yourself, but most importantly you're helping others less fortunate than yourself. Yes, that also brings me joy. For example, the City2Surf in Sydney is one of those events that runs once a year. Since 2005, I have competed in this event eight times.
For the latter event, there is a bus that takes you to Bondi Junction from Bondi Beach. Naturally most of the participants opt for this option, yet for some of us, despite running a long race, we still want more exercise. Therefore I (and many other women and participants in this race) walk to Bondi Junction instead of catching the bus at the end. You feel stiff for a couple of days despite stretching, yet who cares. This is another joyful achievement. Your body feels cleansed and fit as for many weeks. That is joy when it comes to exercise and fitness.