Running for Answers

What physical exercise clears your head? 

I like to run. It appeals to my practical side: it’s free, effective exercise and it has the added benefit of leading me to solutions. 

Like many creatives, I have a lot going on inside my head. I get overwhelmed by all the things I need to do, and the details of the projects I’m working on. In the morning I’ll sit at the piano, or the computer, then eventually get distracted by some problem: a technical glitch, a lyric I can’t finish, a document I can’t find. 

So I go for a run. There’s something about the fresh air, the movement, the deep breathing, and the meditative effect of running that helps me to relax. And just when I start to forget about my problems, a solution, a new idea will come to me. 

I run back home and get a fresh start, with a slightly new perspective. 

What helps you to clear your mind, and see things in a new way?

 

2 comments

  • Alan Walters

    Alan Walters South Wales

    Tao Chi. Clears my head improves balance focus & suppleness. Feel invigorated & relaxed afterwards. Used to like jogging but prefer walking now.

    Tao Chi. Clears my head improves balance focus & suppleness. Feel invigorated & relaxed afterwards. Used to like jogging but prefer walking now.

  • Nancy Ruth

    Nancy Ruth

    Thanks for your comment, Alan... I'd like to try tao chi as well.

    Thanks for your comment, Alan... I'd like to try tao chi as well.

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