Our world is fast paced in every direction. Social events, back to back meetings, we are wired, constantly connected and always on the go. We have become stuck in a world where we think fast paced is the only path to success, that slow doesn’t work. This fear of slowing down filters through to our relationship we have with exercise too. The HIIT phenomenon quite literally flew us off our feet for three years and taught us that workouts should be quick, fast paced and intense. There is an epidemic of heading to the gym with a ‘must squeeze this in, otherwise I will feel guilty ’mindset rather than moving out of the pure love and respect for our body. We have been stuck moving from a place of rush, hurry, pressure and the need to just ‘get it done’ with ‘no excuses’
How many of you walk into the gym with a mindset of irritation and anger? When was the last time you walked into the gym with the sole purpose to feel good? I want you to unlearn everything you think you know. Re- train your mind to know that it is okay to go slow, drop the pressure, release the guilt and enjoy it.
IT’S OK TO GO SLOW
It took me years to pluck up the courage to slow down with my exercise, to be brave enough to trust that slow worked – that I didn’t need to hammer my body, ‘smash’ it or ‘cane it’. Another milestone, goal or time to be ‘in shape’ stopped me from testing it. Your body will love you for the slow pace once in a while. For most of us, our lives are fast paced, on the go and busier than ever before. Sometimes that high intensity work out is the last thing your body needs. Know that sometimes the slowest workouts are the most intense and have the biggest results
NOT HOW OFTEN, BUT HOW IT FEELS
We have become obsessed with how much, how often we can squeeze in the session, rather than how it actually feels. If you aren’t training for a sport – why do you need to train every day at high intensity. 3/4 times a week of intense working out will do the trick if you feel good. Spend more time thinking about how good it makes you feel- and if it isn’t, then maybe you are doing too much. If you are constantly getting injured, perhaps it is your body’s way of telling you to slow down and do less.
NO ONE SIZE FITS ALL
We are all looking for the right answer, weight training, yoga, pilates, hiit. But the secret is there is no one size fits all. We are all different shapes, sizes, ages. Our genetics are made up differently, our chemicals, proteins and atoms merge differently, our energy flows in its own way. We are unique, so we should all strive to find a solution that works for all of us individually. How can one person believe their health regime is suitable for everyone when we are ALL so different, or worse – how can one person think their health regime should imitate that of others when we are all so different. In reality, what feels good for me, may feel awful for you. Find what feels good for you, what works for you and most importantly, do it for you.
DROP THE PRESSURE – RELEASE THE GUILT
The only person putting pressure on you to work out is, you. The only person who can make you feel guilty about skipping a workout is, you guessed it YOU. When you take the pressure off, you become more inclined to move more. The pressure is often exactly what causes you to feel bad when you don’t workout and thus, it comes from a place of hate not love. Putting pressure on yourself isn’t a form of loving yourself. Telling yourself that you should go to the gym, is you telling YOU this.
ACKNOWLEDGE SMALL WINS
We are often so busy being hard on ourselves that we forget to appreciate the small wins. Every time you reach a new personal best, perform an exercise you didn’t think you could, praise yourself – congratulate yourself. It is only then that you realise how far you come instead of constantly striving for more. When you acknowledge the little things, you fall in love with yourself and your relationship with exercise more than you could imagine. It shifts your mindset from lack to love.
Learn to move at a pace that works for you- your body will thank you for it in every way possible.