Spark It! Note Exercise…Exercise…Exercise…
When I hear the words exercise, workout, training…I just want to y-a-w-n. Puts me to freaking asleep.
I don’t find the conversation or the practice of those things very stimulating or fun. And yet people think I exercise all the time. I’m complimented for it, even admired for it and looked on by some as someone who is highly disciplined or with great willpower. And some probably think that I’m obsessed with fitness or god forbid weight loss. So I’m here to tell you what total malarkey all that is.
Here’s the truth. I don’t do ANYTHING (w/ the exception of going to the dentist and taking my kid to amusement parks) that I don’t really like. I couldn’t muster and wouldn’t muster up the so-called motivation, discipline, or whatever else needed to engage in something I didn’t honestly love just for some notion of “I should, or it’s good for me”. Not my style.
Here’s the deal, if you hate it, it is NOT good for you.
For the record I run (a.k.a. trail running) and bike (mostly mountain) because it feeds my soul. Those are two of my passions. I connect to nature, spirit, and to the deepest level of myself through these activities. Sometimes they are meditative or provide creative downloads out the wa-zooo and other times they are purely freeing and playful. Nothing like feeling the wind in your face and mud splattered on your legs. Love it. It’s not exercise, it’s a lifestyle and a soul passion.
Any fitness that comes from this is an awesome bonus.
But here’s the dirty (because I love mud!)l on fitness, weight loss, health….
Don’t get me wrong, I am all for a body in motion. But that can be achieved through many things. The key is to give yourself a freaking break and permission to enjoy what you really enjoy. Quit forcing what’s not working. If you hate the gym, don’t go. Don’t feel bad about it. Redefine what exercise is and how it can look. Do what you love. Experiment, explore, and keep only what feels good. Dance, swim, have more sex, chase the kids more, walk your neighbor’s dog.
Listen, I owned 3 fitness centers for 14 years. I’m a certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in NYC. I’ve studied with the best of the best and here is what you need to know. It’s simple.
Yes, movement (what most refer to as working out) can be big part of your overall health and wellness.
But, the NUMBER ONE thing that is going to lead to chronic disease and kill us first is stress.
(And while we’re at it… yes it leads to fat too. But, we’ll talk cortisol another day.)
STRESS. Got it. So do more of what you love. Feel joy. Laugh more. Enjoy more. Do LESS, not more. And quickly and without guilt cut out the “shoulds” and what is truly not working for you.
The second factor, even more critical than “exercise” is the ol’ diet. What you put into your mouth daily.
People are “exercising” more than ever and we are in a state of increasing obesity and disease.
You can exercise until the cows come home, and if your diet is full of crap (technical term) , your body will not lose weight, be strong, or thrive with vitality.
And for the love of God, it is soooo not about reduced calories or even reduced fat. Now, it might be about reduced sugar (but that’s also another story). It’s mostly about reduced crap .
If you want more info on a thriving body and how to eat, I recommend following Kris Carr, author of Crazy, Sexy, Diet.
So screw all the overwhelming and conflicting diet info out there and the guilt over missed workouts and not exercising enough and follow these 7 simple guidelines.
Here’s the roadmap:
- Reduce Stress
- Live YOUR Passions (a.k.a. do more of what you LOVE)
- Get good sleep
- Drink pure water
- Eat more green veggies
- Eat less processed crap
- Move in a way that pleases you
- Be grateful
So go unpack the gym bag. Breathe a sigh of relief and maybe dance naked under the stars tonight. Be happy. Be healthy. Live more of what you love.
With Spark & Love!
Instigator of thinking and rebel against the status quo.