A few weeks ago I went for a run
Now this is amazing for two reasons:
1) I was anti-running for a long time. Thought it would affect my strength & muscle.
2) I just got up off the sofa and did it, outta the blue, no planning or thought.
You know what?
I felt awesome.
Normally I overthink my training and try to make it perfect.
I use the exact sets/reps and effort scales that the research dictates
But that day, I just thought ‘fuck it I’m going for a run’ and I went
Took my doggy
I walked and jogged and sprinted and just played about all the way
Went along a river and through some trees and had a great time
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it
Yet it’s quite normal really.
For thousands of years humans have been hunter-gatherers, only recently (evolution-wise) moving to agricultural jobs and very recently to industrial and technology based jobs.
Probably everyone your grandad knew was a farm labourer or equivalent
Probably everyone you know works at a desk
So we are confined indoors for most of the year, most of the day, most of every hour.
To take an hour out of your day and go for a walk or a run through nature is really helpful
Your brain needs it, all the stimuli (sights, sounds, smells) are so different from the city/desk life that something deeper arises
Breathing fresh air and getting out of breath stresses the body in a good way
In fact, aerobic trained athletes have been shown to live up to 8 YEARS LONGER than non-aerobic trained athletes
This is because modern life signals the ‘fight or flight’ response in our bodies - STRESS
Part of that stress response is inflammation in the cells (to prepare for damage from a hunt, fight or run)
Aerobic training reduces inflammation - it’s like the antidote
Or kind of like your body is gearing up for a threat that never comes, so the stress hormones remain in your body in some form
Aerobic training resets the button
So this week, get outside, go for a walk or run, get some alone time
You’ll feel miles better for it
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