We all know that exercise and staying active can have a huge, positive impact on our lives so I won’t bore you with a long list of why everyone should do it. For me personally, running and yoga have both been essential for a healthy body and mind. Then this morning as I was getting ready for work a I realized that there are apparently some other useful benefits too; smaller things that I wouldn’t normally think about when I’m out for a run or in the yoga studio.
Because I’m a runner:
I always have safety pins!
I did not start running to lose weight, but it happened along the way and who am I to argue. As a result, a lot of my work pants don’t fit. I guess I could go and buy a whole new wardrobe, but that would cost a lot of money. I also guess I could get my pants tailored, but I don’t see the point in paying more than a pair of dress pants from Forever 21 even cost me to get them taken in. So I pin a lot of my pants, including the pair I’m wearing right now. Running in a race = picking up pins to attach my bib so now I always have them handy.
Before I was a runner I had exactly one safety pin that I would rotate between items that needed a quick fix. God forbid I forget which one I had used it in last. I guess it was a good thing that all my pants fit back then.
Because I’m a yogi:
I don’t need help with zippers!
And by that I mean the ones on the back of shirts and dresses, not my jeans. That would be weird.
This is what is known in yoga as “cow face arms”:
That’s also not me, but many thanks to Yoga Journal for the photo. (I do wish I knew where that top was from because it’s cute.)
My arms are kind of freakishly long anyway which has its own benefits such as with selfie-taking. It also allows me to do cow face arms pretty easily and after a lot of practice I have gotten closer and closer to grabbing opposite wrists behind my back in this way. There is no zipper that is beyond my reach. The shirt I’m wearing today has one that I would probably have to ask Mr. Salt for assistance with if not for years of cow face arms.
Have you discovered any convenient, cool, extra benefits to exercise lately?
It’s Wednesday and along with my wardrobe wins, I started the day with a humid, but fairly solid-feeling 5 miles. So thankful to be running!