in this goal oriented world it is hard to take time for yourself and enjoy the beauty in life. I wanted to introduce to you Relaxercise. I know it is not a real word but something I came up with (or someone might have come up with it before me) to describe the perfect combination of relaxation and exercise.
It feels like now a days exercise has to be measured by success, by how many kilos you can bench press, how many push ups you can do and how fast you run a 5K. I wanted to remind you what I think exercise is all about.
I am not denying that looking good is not a good motivator to put on your running shoes, but I am saying that it shouldn’t be the priority. If we don’t prioritize health we end up exhausting our bodies and become unsatisfied with the results of loosing 5 cm off hips or few kilos on the scale. We need to exercise to feel good and to be happy. It needs to be an action that brings us peace and calmness during our hectic days and keep us going for years to come.
Of course there are professionals and people who compete in different sports and I know that for them it’s not as simple as that but I would like those people too to have an exercise they love to do just for the fun of it, at least once a week.
You call up a friend and ask them to go for a walk and their response is “Today is leg day, cannot” (I have heard this has happened to some people). My mind goes WT*? So your legs can’t bare walking if you have a leg day? What ever happened to playing outside, dancing in the rain, walking UP THE STAIRS to the second floor, bike rides (those of you know me, know I like my rides to be from place A to place B, lol)? I am a bit amazed that everyone keeps on talking about being healthy and being FIT. We consume this thought so much that we forget to feel healthy in our heads.
People become irrational and think that eating Paleo and exercising with their PA will make their life have a meaning (for some people it does so don’t crucify me, I’m aware). But lets be honest, who wants to live for the rest of their life with no guilty pleasures, no lazy Sundays when you can just lay in your Pj’s the entire day and eat cupcakes, no days off when you can skip the gym (it is ok to buy new work out pants to get inspiration ;)) and go for a run and the walk then entire route instead. I think that moderation should be the new trend.
I know this post will make many people angry and I will be glad to hear your comments on the topic. I’d like to remind my readers that I too do go to the gym and Les Mills classes but I also cut myself some slack and have a day off and not feel guilty about it. I eat healthy but yesterday I stuffed 3 Easter eggs in a matter of hours and it’s OK. Don’t be too hard on yourself and remember to do things that make you feel good. All or nothing is not the answer in life.
I think it is important to keep up with your physical and mental state. Measure your success in health (since living healthy seems to be the new trend), go to the doctor and get checked up, have a massage, take a day off and stretch, try a new sport and most importantly know how you feel and forget the mirrors for one day. When did life become all about performing and not enjoying?
Last fall I had a health inspection where they checked everything possible. I talked to a shrink, I had my blood examined, I got weight and measured and the result is that I’m healthier than ever and that I should keep on doing whatever I’m doing. Well I am Relaxercising. Exercising and relaxing and enjoying life.
I challenge you to do the same!