Archive for May, 2012
We came across this post from a series on How to Be Happy by Life Coach Marie Wetmore and admired it’s simplicity:
There is an almost overwhelming amount of health advice out there, especially online, which can be at turns confusing, often contradictory and at times rather disturbing – no part of the body should be described as a petri dish in our opinion!
Marie’s post has a wonderfully simple message. Want to be happier? Look to your health. Are you eating wisely? Are you getting enough sleep? Are you drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated? Sounds too easy?
Creating good health, and genuine happiness for that matter, can be simple, but we’re often up against a barrage of new fads and fashions that make it seem more difficult than it is.
Last week a great friend who recently completed the London Marathon (i.e. is much fitter and more gym going than Rachel!) made a wise-before-his-time point: gyms aren’t there for you to get fit, they are there to keep you paying your gym membership! It might sound a touch cynical, and we must stress we have nothing against gyms – we love our local one and good ones can be great experiences – but it’s a useful point to remember.
We all get caught on the health and fitness guilt train from time to time – we start a new routine full of enthusiasm, we start losing focus and prioritise it less, we miss a few sessions, we’re paying for some service we’re not using, we feel guilty about it…and so it goes on. Perhaps taking Marie’s advice on board and going back to first principles would be a better place to begin.
So eat well and wisely, get some decent sleep, and stay hydrated. If you’re so inclined you might come along for a massage to make sure you feel really good. Then, and only then, start embarking on the latest pop-disco-running-aerobics-zumba trend.
Cut yourself some slack, you’ll feel better for it!