• Nicholas Kent

Take it outside...

After a week or so longer of persevering through a funk of all funks, I feel like I finally got back on the wagon... or off the wagon? Which one's the good one? That one...


Despite the current long term predicament of doing everything single legged, add to the mix the hell of an angry wisdom tooth and all that flows from there, and you've got an insight into the past 8-9 days. Throw in two Western Bulldogs finals games in that time and I feel like I've reached my stress tolerance capacity, and we all know what that does to our health, let alone desire, motive and excitement for doing anything exercise or training.


All it took was a solid 20 degree, September day with consistent sun and enticing green, dry grass next to the prominent local waterway to bring the mojo back, so to speak. There certainly is something about moving your body, re-introducing and exploring that feeling again, when outside that we, or I, just don't seem to get in the same way when at the gym or doing exercise of any sorts inside. I've had similar feedback from clientele whom I'd work with, during lockdown, when we'd improvise with some outdoors stuff. They would all report consistently feeling better, more invigorated, energised or whatever from the change of scenery being outdoors. Perhaps it is just the novelty of change of scenery, rather than any real effects, but whatever - I've never been against a placebo, just ignorance around the placebo. But alas, as a practitioner, on a nice sunny pleasant morning, you'd seriously wonder why you'd go back to the restraints of an indoor setting, especially with all of the side benefits that merely being outside can give you and your client, for free...


I didn't want to postulate, hurt my brain too much with thought and analysis and thus blunt the natural high from this morning's yoga/floor and skills concoction on the grass next to the Maribyrnong, but it did get me thinking a little about Vitamin D from sunshine as the hero of this day...


Vitamin D, what a marvellous thing...


Helpful with a host of clinical issues such as cancer, heart disease, hypertension, obesity, type 2 diabetes, depression, cognitive impairement, Parkinson's Disease, autoimmune disease, influenza, pelvic floor disorders and age-related macular degeneration.


A fair old laundry list of benefits and seeming that for most of us, it's best access comes from getting outside, some sunshine and probably some fresh air and exercise; this healthy cocktail is a remarkable one, to say the least. No regretful hangovers on the horizons here, I can assure you.


But apart from the aforementioned clinical benefits that maybe my 70 year old self will hold gratitude for across a lifetime, today, it's the acute that matters to me the most. On the other side of some brutal head/tooth pain that will await a dentists' diary in lockdown, plus not exactly feeling like master of my domain in terms of best food choices and alcohol consumption - due a lot to my hampered training capacity and general situation, I now feel something like back on track. No gym and a bit sick of the living room, this dose of outside time and re-invigorating my body with something physical - though not my best - it was good enough considering all else. I could have done the exact same within the confines of home, yet the outcome would've probably been vastly different - though my body might've got the jolt it needed, it was the mind that wouldn't have been as nourished. I know myself, and there's no way I'd have felt as satisfied and "straightened out" by having just mucked around on the floor in my apartment.


I say it once, I say it a thousand times but it'll never cease to amaze how quickly we tangibly forget the change of space that doing the most basic and natural; like being outdoors, in the grass and sun and moving our body, can create for us. It reliably almost puts us on a different planet than where we might've been 20 minutes earlier.


Nature's healthy cocktail.


So tomorrow, I might just have another...



Vitamin D: The "sunshine" vitamin

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3356951/

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