NEW HEALTHY RITUALS
Taking The Scenic Route
One of the huge benefits of finally having some good weather, and not just the odd day, but a few good weeks none the less, is finally feeling some motivation and desire to get outside. The hay fever has been a challenge but regardless this sunshine has really inspired me to get out and about a little more.
Often by the time I leave the office after a day at work I want nothing more than to crash out on the sofa and chill, the gym became a write off given my long days and lack of energy (I’m still grappling with this now), but somehow an evening stroll into Richmond to pick up some grocery’s, or a weekend walk to go for lunch on the river front followed by a scenic walk home through Richmond park has started to become a new healthy routine.
I’ve been really enjoying strolling into town for a coffee and then taking a walk with Jase or my friends. In fact this weekend we had Ruby come to stay and it gave us even greater excuse to get out and about, and without really trying we’ve started to do 5 or 6 miles every time.
It’s not quite the cardio my oversized body desperately needs, but it’s definitely better than nothing.
I’ve not yet felt a shift in my fitness and sadly not my dress size (really wanting to tackle this but struggling to get on it – I feel like I have so far to go, I just can’t seem to start), but my mind feels clearer and I’ve really been enjoying just getting out and walking. I’m not so good at aimless walks, but knowing I can wonder to the village, grab a coffee and take a scenic walk home has been really motivating. It’s just a bonus that it seems to add up to 5 or 6 miles each time.
It’s also really made Richmond feel even more like home. I may have been here for 10 years already now, but the last month I’ve felt more settled than ever before. Jase and I typically leave the city on the weekend, and whilst I miss going home to my family so frequently, spending more time in our home, in our local area and creating those lovely weekend rituals has been really good for us & made me feel content in a whole new way.
Do you have any healthy rituals or routines in your life that just seem to bring you some joy? I’d also love all your tips and motivation for getting back in shape (SOS).