Yesterday late afternoon I was feeling slightly low energy. My mind began to wander and I thought to myself when was the last time I had went into true nature.
Thinking this, I decided it had been too long so I started to research somewhere I could go to. After finding an interesting location on google maps I got up, grabbed my bike and set off.
The majority of the 2.5 mile journey up was on a medium-steep incline. I am not going to lie, it killed me.
To others maybe it would have been a piece of cake but I am not here to act like somebody I am not. Towards the end I was huffing and puffing with exhaustion. My legs were also on fire.
On the way, there wasn’t any signs and I had no connection so I couldn’t see how far I had left to go. As I got discouraged at one point the thought of turning back did come into my head. All I could see in front of me was more hills.
Eventually I made it to the landmark for the hiking trail.
Cycling has to be my favourite form of cardio. Unlike other forms such as running I actually enjoy it. This time may not just have been as fun though because I was pushed close to my limits.
Some gym goers shun cardio as a lesser activity but it is necessary for a healthy body.
Here are some major benefits of including some form of cardio in your routine:
- Improved heart health
- Stronger lungs
- Reduced risk of diseases such as cancer and heart disease
- Increased metabolism
- Improved ability to recover
- Improved hormonal profile
I don’t believe in doing cardio for the sake of it if it can be avoided. I would much prefer doing cardio as part of a task such as cycling to a destination or an activity such as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, kickboxing or football. That way you are getting all the benefits of doing cardio along with learning a useful skill as well as socialising with like minded people.
After a few minutes of rest to get my breath back I then set off on the hiking trail. At this point my legs were on fire but oh well. I was surrounded by nature so things were better already.
Here is the only photo I took at the beginning of the trail before my phone went out of battery (you wont find it on google I promise).
While passing through an area riddled with large rocks I was reminded of a tweet I read from StoicReason the day before:
I left in Dylan’s reply to highlight the appropriate response.
Remembering this tweet, I decided to meditate on one of the rocks for good measure. Trying to calm my breathing after the strenuous exercise was difficult but gradually it slowed down.
Due to my inexperience, I found it challenging to access this “black space” but I tried regardless. I believe in my pursuit of trying I instead should of just ‘let go’ as they say.
Next time I will try to find this “black space” less and just allow myself to shut off the thoughts that come into my mind, as StoicReason says. Hopefully I will begin to discover what he has.
Coming out of the meditation I definitely felt far more relaxed and at peace. Now I could hear the full array of sounds and vegetation that nature had to offer. The bike journey that seemed as if it would never end now seemed a distant memory.
I have less experience with meditation than I would like but that all is down to my choices. If I want to meditate more then I will either find time for it or I will not. After this experience I am committed to doing so.
Striving towards excellence
While still at rest I decided to read as well to keep up with my good habits.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle
Always keep striving towards excellence. It may not be easy to hit but you will get closer than had you never tried.
As I walked on further the sun began to set on the hillside so I decided it was best for me to go back to my bike.
The last thing I would of wanted would be to get lost up there (I don’t think I would be at peace any longer).
The cycle home was more enjoyable as most of it was down hill. As I reflected on recent events I was glad I left my room a few hours ago.
It would have been much easier to stay put. Had I not of went, I would have never reaped the rewards that I did.
To enjoy the full benefits of this world, work, and a lot of it is required.
The events of this day allowed me to understand that to enjoy moments like this, there has to be times of concentrated focus at the other end as well.
Too much of one and we risk losing control in our lives.
Going out into true nature and knowing that no one else is around is a great feeling.
Leave the city or town when you can and experience it for yourself.
“A few minutes of solitude in majestic nature is bliss and is food for the soul. Lucky are the ones who can have it for they have indeed enriched their souls. People too busy to take time out for these moments to connect with their souls through nature have definitely suffered unknowingly. So take heed and take time out each day to connect with nature for that is food for the soul.”
― Sohail Mahmood
Nature is food for the soul.
Whatever it is that you enjoy doing to relax, don’t forget to make time for it when possible.
As long as it’s not harming you or anyone else then there is no problem.
And yes I did get a Mcdonalds after this.
After not eating much during the day and burning around a 1000 calories it was needed. It’s important to keep it real and not just show the flashy parts.
Exercise, nature, meditation, reading, eating – the good things in life
Thanks for reading,
P.S Leave a comment down below to let me know what you think. Do you need to get out into nature more often?