If you were wondering why I have posted this under Educating Nessa it’s because I need [re]educating on all sorts of things at the moment! But what’s all that got to do with running?
Many moons ago I used to regularly attend a gym and I was healthier in all areas of my life because of it. It’s been years since I’ve taken regular exercise until recently that is, when back in August I joined a beginners running group; Run Like a Girl (RLAG). The group is a real mixed bag of ladies; some unfit, some just haven’t run for a while. Some ladies are large others petite; there are young ones and some not so young. All of this is very good for me, particularly as I’m now in my 50’s, carrying a few extra pounds that were not there a few years ago, which refuse to disperse, and oh yes, I definitely fit the category of really unfit!
I need to re-educate myself regarding living a healthier lifestyle, not just for me, but for my family as well. Being healthy is much more than just being fit. I’ve got stuck in a rut with family meals for instance, and as a working mum tend to go for quick and easy during the week. This has led to meals becoming boring, not as nutritious as they should be. We don’t eat as much fruit as we should, even though we all love fruit, and probably not enough fresh veg either. There must be quick, easy and much healthier meals out there though I sometimes think it will be harder to convince the family to try them than it will be to find and cook any new recipes. Wish me luck on this one because once I’ve cracked the new food, I’ll be trying to get them more mobile too, but that’s jumping ahead of myself.
RLGA are fantastic and so supportive (do check out their website) but there was someone else who inspired me to get moving today and that was a lady called Marie. I’ve never met her, but we follow each other’s blogs and it was reading one of her posts that triggered the “Come on woman, get OUT there!”, so I did! Marie’s blog is called Full Time and is well worth a read, she has a lot of good things to share.
I’m on another learning curve and although I’ve said that healthy isn’t just about being fit, this is my starting point. So I’m learning to run and for the first time in about a month I got off my backside and went out for just over half an hour today and it was great. My legs ached, my chest was tight as I puffed and gasped my way through, but I did it! I loved the fresh air, how invigorated I felt making my body work and I love the sense of accomplishment when I’m finished.
I know I need to develop a new habit, be more self-disciplined. Once in a blue moon is not going to get results. The Bible speaks of our bodies being a temple to the Lord and I should be looking after it better. It also says in 2 Peter 1:5-7
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.
This covers just about everything, mind body and spirit. I am confident being fitter will bring more benefits than just being able to run for a designated time or distance.
May your Saturday be filled with fresh air, exercise and the blessings of our Lord 🙂 x