my fitness philosophy
A series of sweaty, muscular men lift obnoxiously heavy weights while admiring themselves in the mirror. They slurp down protein shakes and make loud, inappropriate noises as the weight drops to the floor like a ton of bricks. Playboy bunny babes wear tight, brightly-coloured workout wear that barely covers their bodies and they shamelessly take selfies in the back corner #gymselfie.
It's almost a disturbingly comical picture, and yes, the gym can be like that at times. My preconceptions about the gym kept me out of there for an alarming number of years. Over the past nine months my fitness philosophy (along with many other aspects of my life) has evolved drastically. While fitness is a great way to lose weight, that's not what it means to me.
For me, fitness is about being at your optimum level of health physically, mentally and emotionally. Regularly attending the gym helps me to be strong, lean and flexible in my body but it also casts away the worry and stress from my day. It's that catharsis, sweating, beating and lifting out all the crap that accumulates in your life and heading home a happier version of me. In he wise words of Elle Woods "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. And happy people don't kill their husband, they just don't". So now I try to think of fitness holistically. How is this improving my overall wellbeing and adding abundance and fruitfulness to my life. And I've gotta say, it's working pretty good so far.