I believe in a world where our health and fitness not only enhances our bodies and minds for today, but develops them for the long haul.
~ Benny Fergusson
I believe health and fitness should amplify your ability to play and move with flow and confidence well into your twilight years.
I believe in better health and fitness practices being widely available.
Because my experiences and observations have shown that most main-stream health and fitness options don’t actually lead to longevity.
Exhibit A: Frequent High Intensity Workouts
It’s common practice these days for fitness to have excessively high amounts of intensity and a tendency to rush toward future results.
Whether it be:
- Pushing to the point of vomiting
- Lifting the heaviest weighs possible
- Or holding the deepest Yoga pose for Instagram 😉
The intensity is amped up in a hope get the fastest result possible.
To undo years of neglect in 4 weeks (or some disproportionately short period).
To look sexy on the beach, or for your holiday or to attract that significant other.
I get it, most people want to have a better body, and they want it yesterday.
But what’s the real cost of high intensity workouts and constant rushing towards our health and fitness goals?
While the high intensity workouts approach can sometimes make you look better in the short-term.
For most people I’ve helped it actually did more harm than good in the long-term.
Excessive workout intensity and rush can:
- Burn the body out leading to depletion of energy stores in the internal organs
- Increase poor movement habits (like shallow breathing)
- Lead to your body storing even more tension. This can dramatically reduce the flow of your movement, increase joint pain and diminish your overall internal health.
This all has big affects on long-term life quality.
Great news! You can have your cake and eat it too
After personally feeling the effects of excessive high intensity workouts, and finding another way – that not only keeps my body looking good, but feeling even better as I age.
I can say from experience, you don’t need to push so hard all the time to get the results you want for your body.
So I propose a new way of approaching health and fitness:
- To take a deep breath and slow down to see the bigger picture.
- To make it less about trying to rush, and undo years of damage in our workouts.
- To make it more about being mindful and making choices that nourish our bodies and minds every single moment of each day.
I believe fitness should be approached more like the tortoise than the hare.
And we all know who won that race …
The saying I’ll leave you with is ~ Create a body like the hare, and a mind like the tortoise.
Yes you can have your cake and eat it too 😉
P.S > Thanks so much to Sandie in the video below who inspired me to share today’s article with you all.
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