Express yourself freely, within the rules.
There are many ways to express ourselves, workout, find ways to keep in shape, not only in body but in spirit. It was when I joined a gym that I got to really work with a punching bag. Until that time I had only tried cardio kick boxing, where you bounce and jab into the air etc. Then one day I found myself alone in the lower gym where the boxing classes were held. No one was around so I tentatively put on a pair of gloves and walked over to the punching bag. I could only mimic what I had seen others doing, I made sure no one was around to see me (so conscious was I on looking foolish) before I took a punch at the bag. It was a soft punch, but it felt good. I liked the feeling of skipping back and forth and taking aim, then landing a punch. I maybe played around with it for 2, 3 minutes, it was invigorating. In those few minutes I had bumped up my heart rate and felt that I should come back and check out a class. I did go back and what I saw the participants doing was a steady grinding workout, not just having fun doing what I had done, they were working out, warming up all the muscles, push ups, core work, it was total focus on whole body training.
I told myself I’d have to think about it some more and returned to my old reliable treadmill. Still to do on my bucket list is to go back and have another go round in the gym with the punching bag. You asking yourself what does exercise have to do with self expression? In my humble opinion it has a lot to do with how we process thought and keeping physically active/healthy. 20 years ago I might have been more pro-active in attending a boxing class. Now in my “senior” years, I tend to see my body in a different way, I want it to be strong, flexible, and healthy, but I recognize that it has limitations. Often it is the voice inside my head.
See what this gal is doing, this looks like fun to me. This I would like to try. I would also like to try the exercise where they run through tires that are laid out on the ground. Mind you in slow motion. When I do exercise, I feel that I am expressing a part of me that wants out, an energy that wants to be released. Whether running backwards around the gym, or doing karate kicks while I do upper body punches, I’m being active, I’m letting my body work out the kinks from spending hours at a PC. The dialogue is with me, myself and I.
When we learn to express ourselves freely and vivaciously, we feel better about ourselves, and we radiate an inner calm that benefits not only ourselves, but all around us.
Namaste – Oyshikiri
photo sources – sheknows.com, buzzfeed.com.wormenshealthmag.com, acelebrationofwomen.org