Practice Mindfulness on the Road
1. Get centered
Before you head out, take a brief moment to think about your motivation. Take a few deep breaths and say to yourself (or out loud) how you want to feel after your run is complete. Consider words like calm, peace, inspired, or empowered.
2. Engage your senses
As you start your run take the time to look around you. See the sky, hear birds, traffic, or people around you, acknowledge changes to the trees and plants of the current season, and feel the warmth of the sun or cool of the air around you.
3. Do a body scan.
Once you’re feeling in the groove, scan your body. From the top of your head to the tips of your toes, can you feel your body and sense its movement? Think about how each part of your body moves as you run and appreciate the magnificent gift of your health.
4. Listen to sounds that inspire
Tune into sounds or music that inspires you. Music is great but, the sound of your own steps crunching in the leaves beneath you can be soothing as well. Podcasts that stimulate new ideas or listening to positive affirmations can also keep you trucking along.
As you complete your run commit to a few minutes of gratitude. Stretch, hydrate and consider writing down any thoughts or news ideas that came up while you moved. Our