Did you like playing a lot when you were a child?
I think that we need to remember the way playing felt as a child.
Back when running was just for fun and when our parents were trying very hard to make us eat something.
You may or may not remember those days and that feeling, but I’m sure about one fact, that it wasn’t the food that brought us all that joy.
It was the constant movement, the games we played with our friends.
Our friends had a lot to do with our addictive playing.
Back then we didn’t have the mental capacity to explain that to ourselves and I don’t think we even cared about explaining.
We were part of a group, we felt important, we felt needed in “the game”.
Maybe then we saw things much clearer than we do now because our brain was simpler.
Yes, as adults most of us have tons of worries, and we find ourselves every day lacking time for any type of movement.
Now our “game” is much more important because we need to provide our own food.
And the people we spend a big part of the day with are our colleagues.
We spend so much time at work that most of the time our colleagues become our friends.
So, our friends still play a major part in the “adult’s playground”.
That can be a bad thing or a good thing because most humans need to play along with the “herd” so that they won’t feel excluded.
It can be a good thing if our “herd” is the sport addictive type and not the ordering pizza every night type.😅
Nobody is forcing us to eat now, isn’t that true?
Nobody is telling us anymore that if we don’t finish our food “we can’t go out and play with our friends”.
But we choose to eat, we choose to eat a lot instead of moving more.
We make up excuses when it comes to moving our asses out of the sofa and closing Netflix.
I don’t understand how people dedicate so much time watching a Netflix series but don’t find 30 minutes a day for some light sporting activity.
You can find almost anything online, for free, YouTube is full of people willing to give you a hand for getting up off the sofa.
Inactivity can become a habit, you can read here more about that https://www.livescience.com/36613-exercise-motivation-tips.html
It’s just a question of prioritization.
We need to think and put into balance the amount of joy we feel from each activity.
We are adults now, most of us lost that childhood joy on the way to adulthood.
The lack of joy plus the accumulating effect of worries is draining our energy with each day.
What should we do for more energy?
I think we all need to find our inner child just for a little while every few days so that we can remain healthy mentally and physically.
This is not another strict or educational blog about what to eat, how much you should sleep, the perfect way you need to train, food recipes copied from other web pages a million times before.
One thing that I know for sure, is that strictness is the shortest road to accumulating frustrations.
The paradox about the human race is that we have in common exactly the fact that neither one of us is the same as the other.
What works for me might not work for you and vice-versa.
So, each of us has different ways to stay motivated in this life. You can read here more about how to find your motivation.
I recently heard a quote, I don’t know who said it first or when, but I found it to be inspirational for myself
“You don’t stop punching when you get old, you get old when you stop punching !”💡
I’m going to eat something that I find fitted and earned today because I “played” hard, so now I deserve a feast.💪
You can see here some footage of me and my “herd” while we play in our favorite way!
That being said, keep on punching, youngster! 🥊😅