Yesterday was my off day from running to let my body recuperate, and my body needed that day. Our workouts last week were the first I had done in a month or so and though it had positive effects on my running, my muscles didn’t like it much.
So yesterday I got home from work and went for a two mile walk. It is funny how after running each day for a year now, I enjoy the outdoors for the first time since my childhood. I had gotten into the routine of essentially being outside for a little as possible. I’d go from my house to my car and from my car to my work and then eight hours later reverse that processes. I hated to be outside.
Now, I am outside about an hour a day and I love it. I think that because I decided to run in any weather (except for lightening), I have begun to enjoy all weather. In the summer I really appreciate rain and wind, since it is so hot. In the winter I appreciate the cold and the feeling after a mile or so of my body heating up under my running clothes like a furnace. I really have learned to appreciate the days with moderate temperatures and no clouds in the sky.
I tend to learn from experience rather than from what people tell me. Experience has taught me that being outside helps my mood. Running does a lot of help for my mood also, don’t get me wrong. But there is something about the outdoors, especially in the sun, that makes me feel better and seems to keep me healthier and happier.
Of course you don’t have to run to get outside and experience this feeling of, ahhhh. But for me, running outside in all types of weather has made me a better person at home, at work and in general.
Okay, these are just my experience as I mentioned before. But I have been challenging those I know who suffer from depression and health problems to just get out of the house. One day, if it hasn’t been done already, researchers will prove that being outside and hour a day will make you healthier, happier and live longer.
Experience is a great teacher.