There are many obvious reasons to train: alleviate pain, loose weight, strengthen muscles and bones, circulate blood, prevent disease, and sculpt the body along with many others. But let’s pause here and take a look at what is not reflected in the mirror; what may not be focused on as a reason to train: love.
By “love,” I don’t mean the ability to attract someone or to maintain a blissful state throughout the day. Instead, I suggest that a most valid reason to train is to develop a love for life. What does this mean? In one respect, consider that a loving nature involves gratitude, confidence, and contentment. These attributes allow for inspiration. Once inspired, the will to move forward in life strengthens. This force, I suggest, is love.
Walking is highly recommended in all systems of health and wellness. As a parallel, one may consider walks as analogous to moving forward in life. As one walks on, gratitude, confidence and contentment may develop if attention is placed on the one’s surroundings and not, instead, on worries, fantasies or regrets.
When one is in love, one is grateful. Walking outdoors allows one to be active within a variety of natural forces, including light reflected from the stars and the moon. Where there is light, I propose, there’s love. Take a walk and bask in it.
When one is in love, a person accepts oneself for who they are. Examine the following universal rule: Love offered in sincerity is reflected back. The notion of giving and receiving may seem polar on the surface but, with a most genuine intention, they act in a concerted fashion. The breath illustrates this. The inhale takes in oxygen offered by nature while the exhale awards carbon dioxide back. The act of giving and receiving is constantly enacted throughout life. Walks allow for this process to be acknowledged, granting one to move confidently, with the knowledge that, by merely breathing, one is a contributing factor within the whole order of life.
When one is in love, desire lessens; one is content with the body and life one has. Is a walker moving toward or away from something? What if neither?
Although training has been scientifically proven to maintain and heal bodies, there are no assurances. Everyone agrees that exercise may help prevent disease but there are no guarantees that if you exercise you won’t get sick. So why bother training?
Consider switching focus from the prospective consequence of exercise to what can be a certainty: Training helps develop one’s will to continue living – to never give-up; to live in love with gratitude, confidence and contentment. The power developed through love is conquering; it’s beyond all else and would be useful to recognize.