By Maha Alsharif
Eadweard Muybridge, The Horse in Motion, 1878, Photography (Public Domain image from The Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division).
For many, art is a break from everyday life. However when everyday is art, it can become visually overwhelming that you need to get away, clear your visual palette and refocus.
I find exercise, especially in the morning, really early morning, very refreshing and a great motivator to lead a positive and productive day. Much like with art, I am open to all kinds of exercise but I do have a favourite, running! In addition to its many cardio and respiratory benefits, it is a great way to stay in shape and a great way to challenge and spend time with yourself. You can do it anytime, anywhere, and there is no limit to how far you can go. I have been running regularly for over 6 years, and I credit a huge part my dedication to music because it keeps me entertained, amps my speed, and inspires me to see within myself and beyond.
I started running in between finishing my undergrad and starting postgrad studies. I was under a lot of stress because of the pressure that the next two years of my life would depend on my work at that specific time. Procrastination wasn’t an option and each second I had to myself felt like a waste of valuable time. It was then that I realised I needed a healthy outlet to let go of the stress and live day by day to track my performance. Within a couple of weeks I could see my running reflected in my work because it introduced a new measuring scale. Needless to say, I have been addicted ever since.
On a normal day, a twenty to thirty minutes warm up run energises me for a work out and for the day… But not without music! Here is a list of my current favourite tracks: