|Bulls Head Road—near my house.|
I feel rejuvenated, inspired and creative when I return from my fifteen to twenty mile ride. My body and my mind both benefit from routine exercise.
These are some of the way rigorous exercise helps me prepare for the upcoming Portraits of White Christmas concert:
- Gives better focus when I practice.
- I can remember lyrics more easily.
- I think more creatively about the content of the show.
- I just feel better, period.
You might relate to some of the arguments I have within myself:
- Maybe you need a break (but you just had a day of rest on Sunday).
- Just take a nap instead (you don't feel the need to nap when you exercise).
- You can ride another day when you feel like it (but who is to say you'll feel like it tomorrow).
- Missing one day won't hurt (true, but it's easy to miss a second day when you've missed the first day).
- You have too much to do (you'll always have too much to do!).
So in spite of my lethargic self, I hopped on my bike, dressed for the cold windy weather and braved the elements. I had only been riding a minute or two when I remembered why I love this. It's like someone hooks up an IV to my brain and creativity begins to flow. By the time I'm home, I've made a hundred more plans!
As I braved the wind on the back roads, I suddenly came upon a most breathtaking sight; not one rainbow, but two! Look what I would have missed if I had given in to the temptation to stay home.
|Beautiful view only miles from my home.|
What do you want to accomplish these days? Here's a few steps that usually help me:
1) Write down what you want to accomplish.
2) Set a start date or daily appointment.
3) Set a deadline/goal for yourself.
4) Keep a daily log of what you did.
5) Celebrate your accomplishments!