Show Some Love!

Show Some Love!

We’re spending May living like athletes. Why? To improve our health…and also our happy.

“Exercise until you’re happy” seems like a pretty awesome way to live. Let’s make that our mantra for the month!

We’ve finished the Open, Regionals are coming and the WODs are flowing! There are fun times ahead. If you’re new here, you’re right: our gym is full of fun, laughter, unicorns and high fives. Or at least three of those.

What good is a long, functional life without joy? Why win the Play Offs if you don’t enjoy the game? One key indicator to longevity is happiness, and the most-overlooked aspect of athletic training is creating joy in the process, not the outcome.

When you’re on the rower, what’s happening with your face? There’s good hippie research suggesting that pasting a smile on your face will help you feel better about the burning in your arms, legs and glutes. From personal experience, I know I get off up the floor faster after “Fran” when there is someone there to high-five me. LandRush is about inspiration and education, and there’s nothing more inspiring than care.

This week, we’re asking for some random (and some not-so-random) acts of kindness. Every day, you’ll get a challenge that doesn’t appear to have much to do with your squat. It does.

Included in every WOD this week will be a challenge: make the metro better. I’ll spell it out daily, don’t worry.

When you realize that GIVING and SHARING make you happier than receiving possibly could, then you’ve got a way to make yourself happy for life. I’ll give you some cues to get you started. Call it Empathy OnRamp.

To get the most from these tasks, you’ll want to remain anonymous. For example, your first challenge is an easy one: buy a stranger a coffee. If you’re shy, you don’t need to be seen. You’re not looking for acknowledgement, after all.

On the other hand, I want to know–and I want you to see–how much ‘happy’ we’re putting into our local community this week. One hundred people buying one hundred cups of coffee for one hundred strangers might just make the sun shine a little brighter, or confetti rain down from the sky, or something. It will sure make US feel good to be part of such a big movement. So let’s identify ourselves without sharing specifics:

There’s a photo on the LandRush Facebook photo stream. Tag yourself in it. Make it your profile picture. When your friend asks what the heck it means, tell them. Maybe we’ll start a landslide of happy!