Sunday, June 13, 2010

The first rule of fitness: Have fun!

Muddy Trail at English Point

Ah, I love a good, muddy trail run!

I love lacing up my trail running shoes and running through the peaceful forest...enjoying the scenery, watching wildlife, breathing in the clear, cool fresh air. And if the trail happens to be really, really muddy, so much the better! Last Thursday, I went to English Point, north of Hayden, Idaho -- one of my favorite trail running destinations for a slippery, slidey midday workout. I had a blast, even when I tripped and fell into the mud, covering my legs and splattering mud all over my face. (People looked at me funny when I got back to the trailhead.)

SPLAT! (Have a nice trip? Yuk yuk.)

In Oby's Wisdom! A Caveman's Simple Guide to Health and Well-being, I stress the importance of fun when you're getting your exercise. Two reasons:

1. You don't have to force yourself to exercise. You're already motivated. You won't be tempted to make excuses like, "I just can't seem to find the time."

2. If you're having fun, exercise will be good stress relief instead of becoming a source of stress.

I had planned my trail run the night before. Thursday morning was very busy for me -- lots to do and not enough time to do it. I also had a Toastmasters meeting that evening that I had to prepare for. If I had planned some sort of exercise that I knew I wasn't going to enjoy, I would have been dreading it all morning, and thinking of excuses why I should sacrifice my all important exercise. Then, whether I went or not, I would have been stressed. Afterwards, I probably would have been run down, and not as well prepared for my meeting as I should have been.

Instead, all morning long, I looked forward to going out for my run. I didn't get everything done that I wanted, but I did get a lot done. And afterwards, I was refreshed, energized and therefore more efficient. I was well prepared for my meeting and had a great time!

Now...just gotta wash my shoes!

Until next time,
Dr. Mark William Cochran
Chiropractor, lightworker, energy healer, writer, speaker
Sandpoint and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

PS: Here is this week's update on the Oby Phenomenon:

The most fantastic development so far: The Books Director for O! The Oprah Magazine has asked for a copy of Oby's Wisdom! It would be awesome if Oby were to have a review in O! Keep your fingers crossed!

You can now purchase or order Oby's Wisdom! A Caveman's Simple Gude to Health and Well-being at your favorite local bookstore. Here in the Inland Northwest, Oby is on the shelves at these locations:
Spokane: Auntie's Bookstore, downtown
Coeur d'Alene: Hastings and Borders
Sandpoint: Inquire Within, Winter Ridge Natural Foods Market, Zero Point and Vanderford's Books & Office Products

Book signings:
My next book signing will ae at Northpointe Borders in North Spokane, Saturday, June 19, noon - 5 PM. This will be a local author's day with about 20 different authors representing many different generes. This is going to be a great event. I'd love to see you there!

If you would like to host or help arrange a book signing, please let me know and we will make it happen.

You can also visit the official Oby's Wisdom website to purchase a copy.

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