jogging and running for health

The secret to enjoying exercise is in the Frun

What is the Frun? Well, it’s just a bit of fun while you run. Fun x Run = Frun.

I invented the word while I enjoyed an exhilarating run up Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh a few years back.

It was like being filled with a feeling of joy, fun, excitement, and zealousness. However, it wasn’t until a few months later that I realised exercise is something that I wanted to learn to revere as much as the very air I breathe.

A healthy addiction

I realised that if there was one thing in life that I wanted to be addicted to it was exercise. 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 of exercise in the sheer experience of utilising my body to move around this planet that we live on. I felt what it is to be a human with 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. Jumping. Sprinting. I didn’t have to tell them what to do, they just did it automatically.

I get the same feeling with other forms of exercise, like when I train with weights or stretch my muscles, and the experience of body movement . 

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 because it makes me feel better the next day. Now I exercise because the feeling of using my body to do the miraculous things that it can is just so much fun and enjoyable.

Say no to distractions

For me, and this is just my opinion, I don’t think it is a good habit to always listen to music when we take exercise or train our bodies.

We should be focusing on our bodies when exercising as it is important to be aware of how our body are responding to the stress, listening to our breathing, and being aware of our footfall. 

run for your health

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.

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.

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 else. All you need is you, your focus, your attention, your passion, your imagination, and your body.

And just as my Grandmaster teaches, you have to learn how to be a kid again. “Play!” he shouts, rather than train, or work.

I’m starting to get it now.