Monday, May 7, 2012
Worry Wart Gene...
The past week has been spent trying to curb my need to go fast, and, therefore, run out of breath and enthusiasm! So there's been a lot of walk breaks to bring the heart rate down to a moderate range before picking up the tempo and running again. I've noticed on my walk breaks that if I concentrate on breathing and walking, enjoying the scenery and fresh air, the heart rate comes down rather quickly (a sign of fitness). But if I let my mind wander and I start to worry over something, I look down and my heart rate has jumped up a couple of beats. No change in my tempo - still walking the same speed - but the heart rate goes up!
On Sunday, I focused more on this. Sure enough, as soon as I started to think of something that needed to be done - or began making plans in my head for the week's events - or even thought about my running goals - the heart rate climbed! Then, as I cleared my mind and just let everything slip away, the heart rate slowed down and regulated. Interesting! No wonder people advocate meditation as a way to relieve stress!
As mentioned, I have spent time working on getting rid of the Worry Wart Gene - one of those strategies was to meditate. But, like most things, it takes dedication, commitment and routine. I got out of the habit. Looking back, I really enjoyed my daily meditation. Looking back, I also realize I didn't spend as much time on the computer. Perhaps some of my computer time needs to be replaced with meditation. The heart rate monitor has not only shown me why my running isn't improving (too fast, too out of breath, too discouraging), but it's also shown me that I need to spend some time clearing my mind, focusing on the now and, ironic, slowing down!
Are you a Worry Wart? Have you tried meditation?