A billion dollar industry screams at us that we aren’t doing enough. That we are fat because we are not clocking the hours sweating. The the amount of energy exerted isn’t enough. That we aren’t doing enough. That we aren’t enough, plain and simple.
As I have mentioned before, I was one of those believers in recent years. “It’s just 60 minutes out of your day.” “Everyone has time for 30 minutes-you just haven’t decided it is important.“
The pandemic has been eye-opening for me. I feel like I am attune to all the different messages constantly telling us we are not enough. It was in these messages that I realized my focus was not in the right place.
Exercise does have many benefits- strengthens muscles, improves mobility, causes release of hormones that decreases stress and anxiety to name a few.
But exercise will not solve all of your problems. It does not cause your debt to go away. It will not improve your relationships. Exercise doesn’t even guarantee health- it increases your chances of health by reducing your risks of disease, but it is not a guarantee.
Lastly, exercise does not change your enoughness. And enoughness is a HUGE part of what we are all trying to attain. And while the benefits of exercise help with the overall acceptance of yourself, it can also be a barrier when it becomes the main focus.
I am going to challenge you, instead of focusing on your exercise regimen or your next plan-how can you daily focus on living a well-rounded healthy LIFE?
Here are some ideas to start with:
1.) Spend time outside
2.) Learn to cook meals at home
3.) Get quiet
4.) Deep breathe
5.) Exercise because it feels good!