Walk in the shade or run in the sun

This is statement that can be read on a number of levels, and it came to me on my morning walk / exercise at 6.30am. The sun was rising, the breeze had a chill, and seeking the warming rays made common sense as I strolled home.

Talking practically

The sun (in moderation, and with adequate protection) is good for us. We’re all familiar with S.A.D – I’m not aware of a reverse syndrome that has sufferers pining for the cold and dark of winter, unless there’s a ski resort or a snowboard involved. The sun provides vitamin D, which helps your body to absorb calcium, which helps your bones (and teeth,muscles etc) in lots of ways.

The first metaphor; a shining example

Let’s consider the whole phrase as a metaphor for life. Physical impairments aside, we all have the option to do both the exercises in life. We will get to our destination using both methods but which one will be more enjoyable, or fruitful for us.

To walk in the shade

Still speaking metaphorically, the stroll sans sunlight is the path of least resistance. It’s the comfy slipper, you’ll plod along – a little bit chilly, perhaps dreaming for the sun to come out, but not taking the efforts to cross the street to soak up the sunbeams.

If you’ve crossed the road once…

What is the fear with crossing the street? If you do it safely (again in metaphor and life), and you don’t like it, you can always go back to your walk in the shade. Or will you just stand still and wait for the sun to come around?

Light exercise

Those who choose to cross the road, to up the tempo are rewarded with the invigorating sensation of sunlight warming their bones and flooding their soul. That’s not to mention the happiness, potentially a new working arrangement and maybe even financial benefits of risking a run in the sun.

A sense of achievement

The resulting actions from your choice to speed up will be representative of the efforts you put in. Walking a marathon is mighty impressive, running a marathon is immense. We’re not all marathon runners (I know I’m not) but everything in context… if you normally walk a mile try and jog some (in the sun) if you’re a paper boy (or girl) strive to run the shop.

I’ll leave it at that for today… this one has been almost finished for a week, and hopefully I’ve wrapped it up well enough for to back up my initial contemplation.

As always thanks for reading .


Published by newworkingcouk

A content marketer for a large classic car parts supplier by day, my time on furlough during the C-19 lockdown ignited my creativity to produce my own writing and actually host it somewhere. I’m preprogrammed to look for opportunities, I’m pretty good at finding positives in stuff and I’d like to think my views are at least entertaining, if not useful in some way. Thanks for taking the time to read my blog.

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