Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Keeping It Moving

Sitting still is easy. It doesn't tire your legs or strain your heart or make you sweat. It puts you on solid ground. It keeps you in a place where you know exactly where you are and what to expect and what to do.

Running is hard. It hurts your feet and legs. It pushes your heart so that you feel it. It makes you sweat, both during and after the activity. It can put obstacles in your path. It forces you to have a goal when all you want is a rest. And it can take you to places where, if you're not careful, you might get lost.

The problem is, sitting still doesn't always move you ahead. Sitting still isn't always best for a strong backbone or for a healthy heart. Sitting still can make your feet forget how to run and your brain forget how to find its way.

Running can clear your head and make your heart handle the good and the bad and the racing and the "sweating it out." Running can keep you alert and adept at beating the obstacles. And running can keep your brain in shape to find its way.

There are days when all I want to do is sit still, to enjoy what is here and now and easy. But without at least a little running now and then, I will be left with a fuzzy brain, and an out of practice heart, and nowhere but where I am sitting here and now. And I don't need to be a fitness guru to know that my body and I can sometimes do a little better for ourselves.

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