Today’s news flash: exercise includes some things that feel good.
Yes, there are times when we have done something hard and we have kicked some butt and our butts feel like they have been kicked and we feel amazing anyway, but that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about that little-kid-at-recess-who-could-run-forever feeling, the one about the wind in our hair and the new, super-fast tennies. Also the peace that comes when we relax into a yoga pose or stretch muscles that really need it. Or maybe the feeling of length we find in our spine during Pilates. Or even the release that comes from rolling on foam rollers or tune-up balls.
We need to make sure that some of those things make it into our workouts. Joy is allowed. It can be embraced. And we will be better for it.