Redefining the Fitness Mindset

By Shawn Smith,

Published on Aug 3, 2023   —   2 min read

Photo by Victor Freitas / Unsplash


Challenge your understanding of fitness; it's not about high-intensity workouts but about fostering a lifestyle incorporating regular, low-intensity activities to promote lasting health.

If your mental image of fitness is a grueling two-hour gym session, sweating it out with high-intensity interval training, and pushing yourself to your physical limit every time, you need to reframe your understanding of exercise. It's not about pushing for Olympian feats; it's about crafting a lifestyle that allows your body to thrive in the long run. 🌿

The "On-The-Go" Phenomenon...

In the hustle and bustle of today's fast-paced world, the early morning rush to work is all too common. It's a continuous cycle of elevated stress markers - cortisol, blood glucose, lactate - that are not given time to lower before being skyrocketed by an intensive workout. The effect is more harmful than beneficial.

The Workplace Dilemma...

The conventional work environment amplifies the problem further. Hours spent seated, with little to no movement, worsen these stress markers. The well-intentioned dash to the gym later does little to mitigate these effects and often exacerbates them.

The High-Intensity Illusion...

A high-intensity workout may seem like the quickest and most effective way to 'get fit,' but this approach disregards the body's need for consistent, low-intensity movement. It can lead to unsustainable stress levels that could be detrimental to overall health in the long run.

Rethinking the Food & Rest Paradigm...

A fast-food dinner and a night of poor sleep only add to the downward spiral. This persistent cycle takes a toll on the body and leads to a poor quality of life sooner than expected.

The Power of Consistent Movement...

The human body thrives on consistency. Continuous low-intensity movements throughout the day can help balance cortisol levels, blood glucose, and lactate. This is not a luxury but a necessity for our bodies to function optimally.

The Answer - Embrace the Slow...

Go for a leisurely bike ride, take a brisk walk in the park, or even dance in your living room. The key is to incorporate regular, low-intensity activities that you enjoy into your daily routine. This approach will not only yield better health outcomes but also enhance your quality of life. 🚶‍♂️

The Ultimate Goal...

Remember, the aim is not to train like an Olympian but to adopt a healthy lifestyle that incorporates physical activity seamlessly. In this way, fitness becomes less of a strenuous duty and more of a delightful everyday habit.

So, off I go for a relaxing walk around the park, knowing that it's not just a leisurely activity but also an investment in my long-term health. 🏞️

/end reflection.

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