Erin Lanahan Method

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Workout Wednesday: Aligning Ourselves with Nature May 21, 2009

Filed under: Workout Wednesday — Erin Lanahan @ 9:38 pm



This gorgeous flower never says, I think Ill eat pizza all day.

This gorgeous flower never says, "I think I'll eat pizza all day."

I was at UCLA today doing lunges and stadium sprints (I wasn’t doing this, but am including this link because I thought it was cool).  Anyway, I became very aware that there happened to be more people there exercising than usual. I started to get a big smile on my face because I thought it was such a beautiful thing to see. There I was, on a perfectly sunny day, with a slight breeze running through my hair, surrounded by lots of people who shared the same gratefulness to be where we were in that moment. I decided to turn my i-pod off to be in silence, and then I started to hear all the different birds singing their songs as they flew around and played from tree to tree. Amongst such awesome scenery and sound, it hit me that there were lots of people also flying high on life, singing our songs as we played.

I cant help but see how much nature is right in front of us to teach us things — even in the heart of LA!  Like those birds, everyone at that stadium was happily jumping around and flying to and fro. It seemed as though we were all there willingly and effortlessly because we understand its good for us to engage in things that benefit our growth and beauty inside and out. The birds, bees, flowers, and trees don’t have to try to be beautiful or to grow, they just ARE and DO. Humans are gifted AND cursed with a choice to be the best version of themselves, or not to be. I encourage my clients to always be their best, which sometimes means teaching them how to connect with their true nature. Our true nature is to be active and act in healthy ways. Our birthright is to be GREAT.

You see, a bird doesn’t wake up in the morning and say “I think I’ll just sit on the couch all day and eat pizza.” Nor does a tree say “I think I’ll do something to stunt my growth today.” I mean, does a flower ever say “I’m really depressed therefore too tired to soak up my daily nutrients?” In fact those things sound ridiculous to us, because they are. We have the choice to feel good and to be the best version of ourselves, whereas other living creatures don’t. They just are the best version of themselves naturally. However, it is equally as ridiculous for us to say those things as it is for birds, flowers, and trees to say those things, because it is not our best interest to not be the best versions of ourselves everyday.

Therefore, start to look around you, listen to the birds and observe how easily they play, take note of a garden and the beautiful flowers that don’t have to do a thing to grow and be beautiful. Wake up to your true nature. It wants to grow and be beautiful, but its up to you to let it. What are you waiting for??? Move that body!!!!!


3 Responses to “Workout Wednesday: Aligning Ourselves with Nature”

  1. shelby Says:

    erin- this is an AWESOME site! im so happy for you and thankyou for your wonderful tips and thoughts…super inspiring:) im running today without my ipod and will be listening to me and the road and the wonderful nature all around! happy trails to you! also, im taking time today to swim in barton springs…8 lengths= 1 mile. move that body fo sho!

    thanks so much:) shelby

    p.s. im in austin, texas…anywhere you know that has the trx suspension class? i would go in a heart beat!

    • erinsadventures Says:

      Hey Shelby! So happy you came to visit me here on my blog. I hope you continue coming back for all the great tips, advice, and inspiration I plan to share with everyone. I think thats amazing that you are so fit and active and I’d love for you to tell us a little bit about your weight loss journey and how you’ve kept it off and continue to feel better every day. I know you can purchase a TRX at I love mine and I use it myself and with my clients all the time! It’s really transformed our workouts and bodies:) I will do some research in Austin to see if I can find any classes available there. Here’s to your health!

  2. […] step it up, UCLA, weight loss, work out program If you read my Workout Wednesdays blog about “Aligning Ourselves With Nature” a couple weeks ago, you know I was at UCLA  for an outdoor workout of Stadium Sprints and […]

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