Has the active community become too focused on visible results, and less about the joy of escapism and the natural high that exercise can bring you? The fitness world today seems to be so consumed with the body changing element of exercise that it’s become a completely result-driven, mundane series of robotic and strenuous exercises we push ourselves through on a daily basis to make our bodies look a certain way. People have stopped seeing their workout as a time to escape, think, and regroup, and instead find themselves eagerly anticipating the finish line.
Well get off the treadmill, I say- and go find something that you can get lost in.
Researchers have found that flow happens when there is a balance between the challenge of an activity and the skill you have in performing it. Set the challenge too high or too low and it'll be elusive. So, stop pushing your self, and start losing yourself. The endorphin release is proven to lead to greater happiness. Finding a sport or class you like is the key, something that you can connect with physically as well as mentally. The focus should be on fitness as a lifestyle feeling energetic and balanced on a daily basis and the rocking body will follow. Finding escape in sweating it out can be the best kind of therapy for your body and mind, so ditch your shrink, and find your flow!
“Becoming is better than being” - Carol Dwerk