No, I’m not talking about the very famous BC natural high here. I’m talking sweating. Addicted to sweating. I never thought of it this way until Steph said it out loud (when we were making our 365 list of AWESOME together – soon to be posted!). There’s really not that much that’s better than a natural high. Not much.
I was pooped after a long day. Had to turn down a super long bikeride to sit on my butt once I got home. One of those days! At 5:07, I headed out the door. The sun was out, the weather was warm, the sunnies were on everywhere I looked, and the playlist was picked. Then, the strides began. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. A natural high. Run, abs, yoga and a meditation. My favourite song came on (Into the Mystic – Van Morrison) and I had to sit there and smile. I sat there in my zen yoga pose, smiling to the words whispering in my ear, while people walked and rushed on by. Haven’t ever really done that before, and I now fully recommend it. It’s amazing how much life gets better when you don’t care what people think. The world just passes on by as you smile to the sound of your own heart beat. Wow. 6:07, I’m back at home. That’s all it took. 60 minutes.
Unlike the BC natural high, this type of endorphin pumper is free. All you need is a pair of runners. Not even really, if you’re into this new-age bare foot running thing – haven’t dared try it yet, but I’m sure I will – you’re good to go. Our bodies were made to produce our very own high. We weren’t designed to have to reach elsewhere to feel good. It’s all inside of us. Every inch of it. There are so many of these natural high inducers in our lives, but we often forget. The best ones are free most of the time. Bonus. Get out there. Use your body for what it was meant for. To feel good. We walk around in a vessel that pumps out feel-good endorphins if we let it. How cool is that?! Make the most of it!
Your very own natural high is waiting for you. It’s there already, just waiting to be released. I can’t tell you how great I feel after that one hour of sweat and Vitamin D. If you can set your alarm clock one hour earlier tomorrow, DO IT. Put your runners and sweat gear beside your bed, maybe even make a pre-made smoothie to smash back before hitting the pavement, and tell yourself that you are going to do it. Because you will. Your body is asking you for it.
Smile with your heart!