Stress Busting and Zen Focus

Exercise serves so many different purposes.  Whether it be to stay healthy and fit, exercise is key to my sanity.  Chowing down helps me curb stress in the short term, but I feel so much better when I substitute with a good workout.  A few of my stress busting moments–the runner’s high, a good weightlift, jump roping super fast,  dancing around my apartment, or just a really good sweaty workout (I know girls don’t sweat, right?).  

While my workouts to beat stress have always been about high impact and speed, I’m also learning how to accomplish this with zen-like focus through yoga, pilates, meditation, or prayer.  Tonight, for example, I chose to do a yoga video at home.  I lit a lavender-scented calendar, laid out my yoga mat and went into a zone.  Even though my day was not all that stressful, I knew it was important to focus my mind from wandering to all the projects I want to accomplish.  I stayed in the moment by paying close attention to my breath and balance.  As someone always on the go with a million goals to accomplish I am learning how to slow down and appreciate the moments in front of me.  Yoga is helping me to get there.  Ahhh…inner peace here I am.

About mileoneandcounting

I'm a young professional living in the Washington, DC area. Since moving here in 2007 I have honed a passion for running and fitness. Growing up I played soccer and softball (and tested track & field for one year). After college I ran a few 5K races, but running was really only a means to staying in shape for me. Never in my wildest imagination had I thought I'd ever run a marathon, let alone three. Nor did I think I'd get the running bug after doing so, but I'll admit I'm hooked! Over the years my blog has grown into so much more than a running blog though. Sometimes I have deep thoughts. Other times I'm simply sharing a training story or a review of a product. Here's the place where you'll learn about me through my many adventures--even I enjoy going back to re-read some posts from time to time. I've also been able to hone my love for health and wellness through my business called IDLife which stands for Individually Designed Life. I'd love to help inspire you to live your best life yet so please don't hesitate to reach out to me and may my words resonate with you. See you on the trails...
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