“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” -Vicent van Gogh
Lately I’ve been reflecting on the meaning of strength. Inner strength, outer strength, muscle strength, strength as a vegan… A great deal of this has come about from the podcasts I’ve been listening to via Our Hen House. The ladies have had some truly amazing vegans and animal rights activists on their show to talk about their work and lives. Among these have been several vegan athletes who have really inspired me and made me feel strong–although I’m certainly not at the pro-basketball or champion runner level.
This has all gotten me to thinking about the little things I do throughout my day to keep myself strong. I have a very active job and exercise regularly, but what about the other parts of strength?
On the mornings when I’ve got work to get to and the gym is out of question for the day, I’ve been doing this routine to keep me strong and energize me for the day:
alternate 10 reverse crunches* with 10 rowers** repeat 4 times
4 sets of 10 push ups
* reverse crunches are exactly what they sound like! You just lay on your back and lift your legs and lower abdomen into your torso– the exact reverse of a regular crunch!
** Rowers= sit on your bum, legs stretched out. Lift your legs off the floor and lean back so your torso is at a 45 degree angle (or further if you can swing it) with the floor, while extending your legs. Pull your torso into your knees, then repeat. Think those rowers we’ll be seeing in just a few short weeks on the Olympics… yeah, that’s you! You got this!
I’ve found that doing something to keep up my physical strength each day does wonders for my internal strength. Mind and body are so deeply connected that it feels only natural to strengthen one while building up the other. I’ve also made a point of making time for myself each day. Doing something that I love whether it’s blogging about strength or crocheting my latest project really helps me feel aligned and powerful on the inside. It’s kind of like exercise for the soul: doing repetitions of a soulful act build up the soul with each set and rep.
What do you do to keep yourself strong?