The busy bee break

From climbing the sacred, majestic Mt Fuji three times, to leading a tour in down under in Australia and snorkelling the Great Barrier reef witnessing all its glory, beauty and rare natural wonderment this touring gypsy is back in her second home of Kyoto playing in the office…

What you can’t imagine me working in front of a computer all day, literally from 7am to 8pm? Yeah me neither, so like all things in life you make them appealing and you make them fun, so my office days are split between working from my hammock, my swiss ball lying in parks, or by rivers and plenty of breaks. Fitness has never just been about my health for me but it’s a way for me to express my freedom, it makes me feel alive, it makes me feel happy it’s my meditation to empty my mind and be present.

Simply taking an hour every few hours for you is vital, not just for you balance and sanity but also for your productivity. By running, doing yoga, going for a walk, simply immersing myself in nature or playing has a dramatic role in my well-being and work life.

If you have the time, if you set your goals, and checked your boxes and find yourself with a cheeky half day free turn off your phone, disconnect your internet and go out and explore, because it’s sounds like your about to have an adventure.

Today I did just that 🙂 I woke up and did half an hour of yoga to loosen my body and clear my head to help me set my goals and intentions for the day. The first thing I do when I wake up is open my blinds and window to welcome my day, and this morning I saw blue skies and it was already heating up, I had been working hard this week and was feeling on top of things so I planned to finish all major jobs by lunch and set out to a new place in Kyoto. By midday from starting at 6:30am I had boxes ticked and was feeling on top of things so it was time for my reward, I looked up Kisaichi and planned by route.

An hour south of Kyoto passing sake country and rice fields I found myself in a small town with one grocery shop and a couple of coffee and cake café’s, all I knew was there was hiking tracks to my left or right of the station so I tightened my backpack and chose left.

Do you ever have those days where you can’t stop smiling because everything that happens seems like a miracle? Today I did. I was running through forest by small waterfalls, dodging lizards and spiders, crossing board walks, jumping rocks and moving around boulders, I had caught a train to Wonderland. I had left my wifi at home and had no map so I had no idea where I was going so I thought I’d just try every trail and see where it took me, running was my way of travel so I could cover longer distances in a short amount of time. First trail I hit a pond with families and nets, I couldn’t see what they could be catching but it looked like a fun family activity. Heading up the hill and to anyone that has been to Japan you will share my shock for what I found because it is very rare to simply stumble across a golf course…. The landscape and space of Japan simply doesn’t accommodate for this sport hence the prices, but this one was beautiful hidden on the hill in the opening of a forest. I ran back and this time went right, up another hill to a mushroom valley with no logic as to why they were there I continued up the hill to the peak overlooking this place I had been exploring the past hour. Across tree tops and in the distance a city which seemed so far away now, one of my favourite things about Japan is that it can be so populated, so busy yet you can still find so many places so close that you could be the only one there. Back down and climbing ropes and chains this obstacle course took me to another spectacular lookout, but I had plans before I would leave Kisaichi so I didn’t stay here long. Back along the creek, running quickly now manoeuvring my way across the rocks, there it was a hidden cave with a flowing waterfall. I had no bathers and had seen people here and there so couldn’t go skinny dipping so thank goodness I was wearing all lululemon for its fast drying fabric, I stripped off into my underwear and let the cool water flow over me. There’s something about waterfalls that feels a gap in me that I’m missing being away from the ocean and surf, so every time I find one a euphoria of happiness fills me and cleanses my soul. I dried quickly and made my way back home, for everyone who worries, about leaving their computer and work for a few hours when I returned I was not missed, the e-mails could be answered later, I was not behind but rather still ahead and I had given myself a half day to be FREE.


Published by jdv05

I'm an Exercise Scientist leading Personal Training and active tours around Parks Victoria protected spaces of Warburton and the Mornington Peninsula. A lover all things movement, incorporating nature into our sessions and personal workouts. I spent 2014 in Japan working as a tour guide and researching trails and writing active trips for both Australia and Japan. I enjoy competing in fun runs and trail runs, with my favourite being the Two Bays trail run. You can check out some of my workouts and fitness tips on my personal blog, Qualifications include: Bachelor in Sport and Exercise Science, Certificates III and IV in fitness, Level 1 instructor in Mat Pilates, Wild fitness trainer, Level I and II boxing instructor, Surf instructor.

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