We have added a new summer program on Saturday called the Nature Run.
This takes me back to my MovNat trainer roots with some light trail running, strength work in the woods using whatever the environment has to offer along with the fun of training outdoors in a group.
This started when one of our members, Laura Santagata, invited me to run on a Saturday morning before Strength class. So we tried it out on a park trail and really enjoyed it.
I used to run a lot, but when I when I discovered MovNat, barbells and kettlebells my world changed to a near obsession with strength and movement. Now, I am doing some barefoot running weekly and running to get to cool parks and playgrounds with gym members.
This week, the folks at Living Fit Columbus, including founder Teresa Gellenbeck, joined our MoveStrong members on a run to Indian Run Falls trail and home through RiverPark.
One of my goals with this new programming is to teach people how to use trees, fallen logs, rocks, hills, whatever is presented in the environment, to safely challenge their bodies in new ways while on a run.
This isn't doing pushups, situps or other 'gym' movements in nature ... but instead doing natural human movements that our bodies are designed to do, such as: jumping, climbing, crawling, balancing, lifting, carrying, throwing and catching.
I can't tell you how many fallen logs and stumps I have balanced on, lifted and jumped on the last couple years. It is great conditioning for the body and for the mind.
This type of natural, outdoor training takes us far away from our to-do lists, desk-sitting, televisions, technology and cars.
A few of us were talking about it today ... we feel like we did when we were kids -- free to run and play on a warm summer day.
Today we did some hand-foot crawling up a hill, tree climbing, jumping, and log shouldering along the way. I was really proud of everyone including one of our members who is new and gave the log shouldering a try. The Living Fit Columbus group was open to trying it all too and I think they enjoyed it!
I will change the route and activities each week to keep bringing in new physical challenges.
I am really happy with how everyone embraced the experience today. I challenged them to try diaphragmatic breathing while running, using a more natural stride rather than heel-striking, balancing while running and a little sprinting.
Want to try out the Nature Run? Contact me so we know to expect you.
Keep on moving strong, Lori