I was inspired to read this post from the daily zen on how exercise can be a form of meditation. Sure, we all know about yoga and stretching but any kind of exercise can be meditative. How do I know? Because I live it firsthand.
Most people hate to exercise alone. But not me; in fact, I actually prefer to exercise solo. I have always felt this way – I never thought much about it, just that it was very natural for me to workout alone. It can seem like I don’t want to see friends, or like I am being anti-social. I don’t even like to exercise with my husband (sorry honey but you know how I am!).
But no one should take it personally because I now understand what’s driving it. As I’m exploring mindfulness, I realize that I prefer to be alone because the exercise is very meditative for me. I love to go on long hikes alone, which I now know is a form of walking meditation. I like to feel the steps I’m taking and really sink into the rhythm of walking. When I’m lifting weights, I’m focusing on the motion and my breath. While I’m on the cardio machine I really pay attention to my form. I am always in the moment, fully present in whatever motion I’m engaged in.
If you are a kindred spirit and are more comfortable working out alone, it may mean that exercise provides you with the additional benefit of meditation. So go with it…don’t bow to pressure from others to be a part of a group. You are getting so many additional benefits in your solitary efforts!