Be Here Now

I was reading a short interview from Anita Diamant, a Bost0n-based acclaimed author who was talking about raising her daughter.  She knew her daughter would be her one and only and she didn’t want to miss anything, so she kept telling herself to “be here now.”  The mantra reminded her to mark the tiny events her daughter was having and savor them because they wouldn’t come again with another child.

I was thinking how perfect this is for fitness too.   Be here now.

How much baggage do we carry into our workouts?  The last failed attempt to lose weight, the to do list nipping at our heels, the upcoming event with the outfit we don’t quite fit into.  The woulda, coulda, shouldas.

Enough.  Kick it all to the curb.  I’m convinced most of us don’t enjoy working out not because it’s unpleasant for us in some way, but because we’re so distracted by all the other things in our life that we don’t just stop and enjoy what we’re actually doing.

Honestly, I want this phrase on a T-shirt.  Maybe I should just tattoo it on my forehead … heh.

So the next time your strapping on those sneakers, do a little brain clearing before you begin.  A few deep breaths, embrace the physical challenge you’re about to embark on, and pay attention to what you’re doing.

The best workouts in our studio, the ones that fly by, are where the clients drop into their bodies and just focus on the flow.  It’s great to watch them leave the reformer with their faces relaxed, their eyes happy, and oh yeah, their bodies a little more toned.

How do you feel about this little mantra?  Does it resonate with you?  Do you have a favorite you’d like to share?  Let me know your thoughts,

Thanks,

Lisa

About Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson here. I've been a personal trainer since 1997, a Pilates instructor since 1998 and the owner of Modern Pilates since 1999. I'm hoping to give you some good ideas to get or stay in shape with a healthy dose of humor and reality. Thanks for joining me.

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2 Responses to Be Here Now

  1. Joe Williams February 21, 2011 at 9:46 pm #

    These are just the words I needed, Lisa. I ran the half at the Austin Marathon yesterday after training for almost five months. Three weeks before the race I strained my right calf, and so I chose RICE and massage therapy, hoping that I would be able to run and still meet my goal of finishing at 2:20. I didn’t reach the time goal, yet I did finish, although with mixed emotions. I started to wonder, “If only I hadn’t strained my calf….” and “If only the race was four weeks ago…” Yet in your words are a message to me: Be here now. Set a new goal and get after it.

    Thanks Lisa!
    -Joe

  2. Lisa Johnson February 21, 2011 at 9:50 pm #

    Joe that’s awesome, so glad this post helped because running a half marathon is an amazing accomplishment and doing it with an injury is phenomenal! Congrats! Looking forward to your new goal …

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