reply to post by SolarE-Souljah
Great thread OP.
Although I am biased towards the topic.
I have raced triathlon for years, with much of it long distance triathlon(Ironman distance). This includes long hours, alone, swimming, running and
cycling. They have all the things you point out in common, a rythme or cadence, breathing techniques and focus or concentration that to me, resembles
a meditation and these can create meditative states. I also worked in a mantra with my runs, which help keep my focus on certain aspects. I stopped
using music and I never run or ride with music, never. As these can effect your mood and pacing by injecting emotions into the activity, depending on
I regularly find my mental state going beyond the limitations that physical activity can place on my body in a way that I move past the sensations
that include pain, fatigue or discomfort by focusing(meditating) on my breathing and rythme regardless of the activity.
Physical activity also releases chemicals in the body that act like natural anti-depressants. I have read studies related to endorphines being
released during physical activity. I also feel a real sense of clarity from my routines. Sometimes, when I am stressed by situations in life, I find
myself dwelling on them on my runs and after a few kilometres I find some resolution and I move on and relax into my routine. It does not solve my
problems, but it reduces my stress relating to them and I deal with them much more realistically and productively.
Running is a tough activity in that it has a high impact on the body, for those reading this thread that may not like running or find it physically
hard I suggest swimming or cycling which has a lot less physical impact on the body and also has a faster recovery period for workouts with parrallel
cardio vascular activity of running workouts.
I have read a few posts about people wanting to get training again. If anyone needs any help or advice starting out with running, swimming or cycling,
just let me know.
I have over 10 years of serious training experience. I have competed in hundreds of races. Marathons, Half Marathons, Triathlons of all distances and
competed in multiple Long Distance Trathlon and Ironman Triathlons.
I know how to prepare a program for novices up to seriously competitive athletes.
I have trained right and wrong and any healthy habit like exercize or meditation takes time to develop.
Great thread OP. S and F.