We’ve all seen the tv ads for the shorter and shorter workouts that will ‘transform your body’. Just 10 minutes a week! Only 3 minutes a day to a better you! The 1 minute body makeover!
Deep inside we all know that getting fit and healthy takes time and effort, and no 1 minute a day or 10 minutes a week exercise program will transform your body or make you fit. But…
These ads got us thinking about taking this to it’s logical end, which would be, of course…the instant fitness transformation!
There really is such a thing, but it’s not a dvd for sale or a fitness device to buy…..it is entirely in your head. The minute, the very second, that you commit yourself to being active and healthy the transformation has already occurred! Everything else then simply follows from that one act. It’s our mind that keeps us from exercising- it tell us that it will be hard, that we can always do it tomorrow, that we are too tired- and it’s our mind that will allow us to transform our health and fitness instantly, with a single, simple decision. All you need to do is make the commitment, one day at a time, one workout at a time if necessary. It’s magic!
Our friend Gentoku at MindFitMove apparently was thinking along the same lines this week, and here’s is his take on the same idea..
Running in the City at Night
Tonight I went for a run on a soggy night in Portland and as I hit the waterfront I was struck by how beautiful the city looked.
The lights shone soft and smooth through the falling rain. The shimmering ground reflected patches of architecture that shattered as I stepped through them. And the whoosh of the cars joined the tiny pats of water falling on my hood to create a soundscape so subtle and familiar that I couldn’t help but smile.
As I ran, I realized that this more than anything else is why I exercise. Sure there’s the living longer, the looking younger, and the stress relief. But I get all of those things from exercise. There are only the ends to the exercise means.
The real reasons I exercise are the moments where my body and heart transport me to another place. Even when that other place is one I’ve been to many times.
You see, some people think that exercise changes your life because you lose weight or build muscle. But the truth is that exercise changes your life because the act itself transports and transforms you.
You don’t have to wait for the results because the results are instantaneous. In fact waiting for the results will only make you miss how everything change the moment you step out the door.
To me that’s what living an active mindful life is all about.
Instant Fitness Transformation
The key to this instant transformation is simple, but not always easy. All you have to do is:
1. Let go of results –
The results don’t come from the future, they come straight from your body as you move.
2. Let go of expectations –
easy or hard, each moment of exercise can bring a new discovery if you let it.
3. Let go of your image –
No matter what you do, your body will eventually fall apart. But this moment can be powerful, if it’s not about how you look.
4. Let go of imperfection –
Don’t believe people when they tell you you’re broken. Instead, listen to the truth in your heart that tells you you’re whole.
5. Let go of yourself –
The real transformative power of exercise comes when you get out of the way. The energy that flows through you is ancient and primal. When you become open to moving without it being about you, then you can truly access a place of amazing presence.
I invite you to join me in changing our lives, not by running a hundred miles, but by running the next one with attention.
I invite you to join me in this present moment, whenever we get the chance.
I invite you to join me in exercising the power of your life.
Because exercise isn’t just the path. Exercise and the connection it creates to your body is the destination you arrive at over and over again on the journey to a more mindful and balanced life.