I was out for a short run after work recently, enjoying a rare visit of the sun and ahead of a weekend at home with Storm Aiden hitting Ireland. I had just taken a few pictures and even a short video to encourage people to get out a little bit, I was listening to a Wim Hof breathing session to also focus on my own breath.
I was running on a path in the woods near my house, I could see people enjoying being outside and as I got near the end of the woods, as the path goes up to join the main road, I saw an older man and a woman trying to push a wheelchair with a young lady was sitting. She couldn’t move at all or speak. Her name is Deirdre and she is 21.
I helped them up the path. The engine of the wheelchair had stopped working so it was really heavy and that’s why they were stuck. The path was slippery as we were still in the woods and leaves were all over the ground as it had been a raining until mid-afternoon.
As we were struggling up the path, the man and I chatted and I could see big smiles on their faces/. We were talking about how important it was to enjoy every bit of nice weather we can have, enjoying being outside and how good it was for Deirdre.
As I left them and kept running a bit more on the way home, I was thinking about them and in spite of the confinement we currently have in Ireland, we are limited to 5 kilometres around our houses… This is huge in a way. There is so much that can be done! We seem however, to prefer being indoors and complain about being stuck inside. We still have a 10 kilometre-diameter we can use… Again, there is so much that can be done! In France, for example, there is only a 2 kilometre-diameter, which is way less but still better than nothing. Even if we can’t see certain friends or family members, as long as we are healthy, we can still chat with them, call them, interact with them. There are so many things we can do.
So it’s important to make the most out of what we have. Whatever amount that is. Deirdre and her family didn’t have that much time to go out and enjoy but they did. They struggled a bit but they did enjoy being outside. Enjoy the present! Don’t wait for the moment the virus is gone, don’t wait for the moment you can go further than the limitations that are currently given to us. Live fully in the present moment. I don’t know how many lives you have, but I know for sure I have this one, so I’ll go and enjoy it now!
Winter Blues is Old News!
"To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold." Aristotle
Amidst the Common Flu, Coronavirus and approaching winter, it is important to know the benefits of cold. Here are some facts that you might have missed through the years:
Better Night’s Sleep
After all, aren’t we all happier when we sleep better?
The first thing you can do to ensure a good night’s sleep is to be in a cool/cold room. Many studies have proven that cold room can improve the quality of sleep and you’ll fall asleep much faster. Why not try it this evening? Don’t worry, your bed will still keep you snug and warm!
Give Your Heart a Kickstart
Same exercise, Double the benefits!
Whether you go for a jog/run, do a HIIT workout or do weight training, exercising in cold weather, your heart will benefit big time from that. When you exercise in the cold, your heart will work more and faster to keep you warm. And there is nothing wrong with a high performing heart, am I right?
Improve Your Brain Functions
OK, I’m not talking about instant genius here…
However, studies do show that cold weather can boost brain functions and give you more clarity. And the science behind that? Glucose. It turns out the brain needs energy from glucose to function well. It takes more energy to cool your body when it’s hot than it does to warm it up when you’re cold. Meaning, you’ll be left with more glucose for the brain.
here is the first post on my blog! I am really excited to be starting this website and welcome you and share some stories and experiences.
Keep an eye on this page for tips and tricks on breathwork, cold exposure, stories that happened to me and… stay tuned.
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