First Splash Of The Season

Cast your memory back to summer’s as a child…are you there? Now, remember when you would lay on your back on the cool green grass and look at the many different formations the clouds would make? You know we all did that, and we had so much fun letting our imaginations run wild as we tried to pick out different shapes, faces, animals etc. in the puffy white clouds floating across a beautiful blue sky. If you never did that as a child, you really missed an important part of your childhood. But, it’s never too late to recapture or reclaim your childhood. I do it everyday!

As I mentioned in one of my  recent posts, I have many ways of centering myself while finding peace, joy, laughter, and fun in my daily life. One of the things I mentioned was challenging myself everyday to get enough of the right kind of exercise such as riding my exercise bike, walking, and now that we have a pool, I am creating a daily aerobic and resistance weight training pool exercise program.

Now, I have to be honest here, I really don’t like real vigorous aerobic exercise, but I love the feeling of accomplishment after I complete my exercise programs. And, as an added bonus, I have lots more energy, sleep much better than when I don’t exercise, have much better range of movement, my joints don’t hurt like they do when I don’t exercise and it really helps me maintain my weight loss. So, first thing every morning, I jump on my exercise bike for thirty minutes and peddle as hard and fast as I can, getting up to and keeping my target heart rate. I usually get in eight miles in thirty minutes, and burn at least 220 calories. That’s at least a glass of wine I work off first thing in the morning!

Now that it is getting hotter, a lovely 105 and climbing as of yesterday, I have turned my attention to getting my aerobic exercise in our pool. I jumped right in Sunday evening for my first splash of the season. At first the 78 degree water grabbed my breath because I am a desert rat and don’t like cold water, air, etc. but, as soon as I started my continuous, non-stop jumping, kicking, jogging, swimming and doing resistance weight training in the water, I began to warm up. After I complete my full thirty minutes of continuous, non-stop vigorous, water exercise, I reward myself by simply holding on to the side of the pool with my head resting on the edge looking up at the sky, and just enjoy the beautiful cloud formations. And, every once in a while, a plane will fly over and I watch it for as long as I can see it and wonder where its taking the passengers its carrying across the beautiful blue sky. Then, if there is a jet stream coming from the plane, sometimes the jet stream will begin to take on shapes as it collapses into the sky. Beautiful, and so very peaceful… If you’ve never done this, you are really missing a wonderful opportunity to experience inner peace! You don’t even need a pool. I use to do the same thing lying in my hammock after I completed my exercises, or you can simply go lay out in your yard. The added bonus of that is the smell of the green grass, and you can look for small insects that make their home there. That’s a whole world of its own and well worth checking out. All of these things help recapture and/or reclaim childhood. We just have to be open to remembering, then go do it all again!

I hope you will all make time to look for and find opportunities to exercise you body first, then exercise your imagination as you seek out peace in your days. I always find it so worth the effort, I’m hoping you will too!

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ellen Kaufman
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 01:01:14

    Beautiful!!!!! I wanted go out and do all that, but it was raining here in Myrtle Beach, so I will save the thought until tomorrow. Sounds like a good way to find peace and lower your B/P. Thanks.
    Have a great eveni

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  2. gotham girl
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 12:03:04

    What a wonderful memory of just looking up and not having a care in the world! We need to do that way more often, so thanks for the gentle reminder! So perfect! xoxoxo MORE!

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  3. Megs
    Apr 28, 2012 @ 13:18:11

    Exercise….what is excercise?! I need to get my crap together. I can count on my hands how many times I have excercised in the last several months. I am falling apart at the seems. HA! Thanks for the kick in the pants. Love you!

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