The secret to enjoying exercise is in the Frun

What is the Frun?

Well, it’s just a bit of fun really.

I invented the word after an almost religious experience out running up Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh one day a few years back.

It was like being filled with a feeling of such joy, fun, excitement and zealousness that I did memorialise it in a video using my phone. I will add it to this post when I’ve edited it and got it online.

However, it wasn’t until a few months after that day I realised that exercise is something that I wanted to learn to revere as much as the very air I breathe.

A healthy addiction

If there was one thing in life that I wanted to be addicted to, it was exercise and fitness and health.

And I don’t mean running marathons or Tough Mudders or winning medals or beating personal bests either.

I mean I love movement. I mean the energy that comes from the way I move. We get energy from how we move. I mean the control I get from knowing everything about how my body feels and how it is working.

~ Conor McGregor

I had discovered the beauty in the sheer experience of movement and using my body to move around this planet that we live on and do… stuff.

I had felt what it is to be human. Two feet, legs, arms, lungs. I was fascinated by the miracle of my legs moving like pistons beneath me. Taking me methodically across the ground in whichever direction I chose. Faster. Slower, Jump. Sprint. I didn’t have to tell them what to do. They just did it automatically.

And it’s now the same feeling with weight training, stretching, and movement in any form.

Say no to counting reps

Counting reps and timing my runs is now a very second place to enjoying the experience and getting the most benefit out of exercise and movement by focusing on every detail of it.

If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.

~ Hippocrates

Now I don’t exercise because it’s good for me, or because it makes me look better, or feel better the next day.

Now I exercise because the feeling of using my amazing body to do the miraculous things that it can is like having all the best cars, fighter planes, steam engines and yachts at your fingertips to play with when you feel like it.

Say no to musical distractions

For me, and this is just my opinion, but I don’t think people should listen to music when they train and exercise.

According to research by Harvard, we spend 46.9 percent of our time thinking about something other than what we are doing. They go on to say that this makes us unhappy.

You should be focusing on your body when you are exercising. It’s important to be aware of how your body is responding and be in a ready state to reduce injury.

You should be listening to your breathing and footfall when you are running. You can increase your speed and efficiency through listening to your footfall when running.

Opportunities to move

The chance to move your body and experience the vehicle that will take you from cradle to grave and preform EVERY task you need to carry out for you is everywhere and in every moment.

Too often we think that anything short of a full-on, super sweaty 30-45-60 minute workout “doesn’t count.” Science says that, quite simply, is not true.

~ Dr. Michelle Segar – world’s leading authority on what motivates people to choose and maintain healthy behaviours.

The beauty of this type of living is it doesn’t require a gym, trainers, equipment, a time-slot, coach, preparation, study, work, or anything. All you need is you, your focus, your attention, your passion, your imagination and your body.

From there, you have to learn to be a kid again as my Grandmaster always teaches.

“Play!” he always shouts rather than train or work.

I’m starting to get it now.

  • Find more meaning in your life
  • Feel happier and more joyful
  • Build better relationships with people
  • Engage in life more
  • Set clearer goals on a daily basis
  • Make better progress towards your goals