Is it just me or has our culture become obsessed with speed? You only need to read a magazine or browse the internet to be bombarded with “hacks” for getting more done in less time. Eating, working, exercising, socializing, bathing, relaxing, sleeping. Every area of our lives has been touched by the wand of time-management. Yet somehow, even with these time-saving strategies, we still lack time.
We work harder and faster, and get more done in less time, just to have more time to be MORE productive. It seems counterintuitive, no?
I don’t want to get more done. If anything I feel the need to do less, but to do those things properly.
Efficiency has its limitations, and extreme productivity isn’t a roadmap to leading a content and healthy life.
And yep, that includes your fitness routine…
Over the past five years the fitness world has exploded with exercise hacks. Trainers and novices alike boast how they can compress their 60 minute workout into 15 minutes (and still get the same results).
But what does that say about the state of our lives? That we don’t have time to give our body — our physical home and temple — 45 minutes of gentle, unhurried movement in a 24 hour day.
Why are we more concerned about wasting time than safe-guarding our health? Why are we hacking our lives away?
Clients often ask me for the quick fixes, the shortcuts. They want to know what exercises they need to do to lose weight fast. What hack is there for quickly getting back into those skinny jeans?
Sometimes I think my answer disappoints them. The only “hack” is consistency.
To lose weight and keep it off, to get fit and stay fit, to feel as good in your body in 10 years as you do now, remember this: fitness needs to be simple, gentle and consistent.
And that’s why my workouts here on the blog take a back-to-basics approach to fitness. And that’s why I’m never going to yell at you to move faster, or push harder. And that’s why this week I encourage you to slow down, connect with your body, and un-hack your workout routine.
Let me know how it goes!