Good morning, World 🙂
Need inspiration? Don’t worry, it’s out there, and I have a surefire way of coming across it. You ready?
Stand up straight with your shoulders back (#Jordan Peterson, anyone?), put your feet about hip width apart, lower yourself down until your calves start to burn, and HOLD.
This is called an air chair. Go ahead, get settled in, because you’re going to be sitting here for a while.
Bounce on the balls of your feet. Make those muscles uncomfortable. The whole point of exercise is to tear those muscle fibers so that they can heal back stronger, so go ahead, channel your inner masochist. Sit back and enjoy the pain of getting better.
Great! Good job. Now, stretch.
Touch the floor, straighten your legs as much as you can, and really dig into the burn that you feel behind your knees. You know those tears that you were working on earlier in that air chair? Now’s the time to make the most of them. Point your toes, put your nose on your knees.
Stand up straight again. Take a breath.
Now do it again.
There’s something curative about getting up and moving. When I’m working out, I like to imagine that I’m breaking out of a shell that has grown around my body the night before, a thin, heavy crust that I can shatter with physical exertion. It takes time, it takes patience, and it takes willpower. Excellent.
It’s good to start your day out with a little struggle.
No point in being too relaxed.
That’s why I love yoga: it trains you to take your time and enjoy the struggle.
It’s the only activity I know of where you are intentionally seeking out your limit, but also to relax in the face of the challenge. You must push past discomfort, but with deep breathing rather than gritted teeth, and just keep moving, just keep flowing.
Have a great Monday, everybody. Stay strong enough to chase that inspiration!