Just move your legs. Because if you don’t think you were born to run, you’re not only denying history; you’re denying who you are. Dr. Dennis Bramble, University of Utah biologist, quoted in Born to Run (Thanks to John at Fit for 365)
These days, it appears that we’ve lost touch with running/walking-especially outdoors. I go to the gym at work and see many on the treadmill or the Stairmaster instead of venturing outside (even on a nice day). We’ve become so cocooned with our indoor lifestyle, we’re almost afraid to venture outdoors unless we have to.
Me? I love to walk, run and hike. And don’t ask me to dance to some good House music, I’m on the floor like a shot! But my favorite is the trail run/hike. Moving through the great outdoors is a cleansing and spiritual experience that only can be experienced instead of described.
Today, we’re seeing a lot of us grow old too early. We have cars that virtually cocoon us from the outside. We sit in front of the TV and vegetate after work. We try not to venture outside as much as possible thanks to 500+channels, video games, and fear of “crime”. We’re becoming a society of couch potatoes that won’t be able to fully enjoy the life God meant for us to have.
We have lost touch with who we are: a running (and walking, jogging, hiking) species. As Dr. Bramble stated above, we deny our human heritage when we don’t run. Not only that, we deny who and what we are. The Divine gave us the ability to run, not just to protect us from wild predatory animals in our benighted past; He/She gave us that ability so we can move about and transport ourselves. Plus, we become more connected to the Earth when we run/walk/jog/hike. Without this connectivity we will never be fully human; a trait we never want to lose.
So get out there and run! If you can’t run, jog or just walk. For “extra credit” hike or dance. Just get outside and move those legs! Get back in touch with yourself, nature/the Universe, and with God.