In our busy little lives Time is the villain, it gets all the bad press. Sometimes there's not enough of it, sometimes it drags, sometimes it's a tool used to reward, sometimes the ultimate punitive measure. It seems to give while it takes, it is unforgiving, it is relentless but, it is something we all have in common; for no matter what, it is running out.
I don't mean to sound all 'voice of doom-like' or melodramatic, I merely want to appreciate it for what it is and encourage us to make the most of what we have as YOLO, you only live once. So how does this all fit into exercise? It's about not delaying the desire to be the best version of yourself, that doesn't mean super skinny that means healthy, glowing inside and out, and content. Exercise gives you the tools to hone these attributes: it inspires confidence, lifts moods, and encourages life longevity. Yes, you have to give some of your precious time to reap the rewards but why waste the time you have bemoaning what you haven't?
Physical activity also allows you to engage more with your surroundings and your sense of self. You are aware of not just existing but, how your body works - it breathes, it strengthens, it stretches, and it responds to the environment around it; it is a beautiful and magical thing which deserves some time. This is where the rise of mindfulness comes into play, not only is it time to jump about but, to also mentally exercise ourselves, to check in with ourselves, to be present, to LIVE in the moment and beyond. To reawaken our delight in being, to step outside the humdrum, (the onomatopoeia of that word just verbally reaffirming the monotony of being carried through life). Of course, it's not easy in a society dependent on deadlines, tests and rules to find the time to take a jump out of yourself, and see with fresh, untainted eyes. But, by taking this leap, by trusting your social construct won't fall apart, you can catalyse a change for the better; you can try to see objectively where bad habits may be forming, and start putting into place the necessary apparatus to prevent further self erosion.
This may be as simple as becoming more disciplined with your time to ensure YOU are getting something from it. I see so many clients who are so busy working their jobs that they neglect their own bodies - they forget themselves, and when they come to me I want them to understand just how important THEY are too. Some people need a good old beasting to get their body feeling alive again, some desperately need a stretch to loosen off stressed, aching muscles and some need to protect and correct against old and new injuries. Regardless of their needs, as soon as they leave they all realise that yes they feel knackered, but actually, that they FEEL!
Wouldn't it be a terrible thing to look back and recognise you never truly engaged with yourself, you never took the time to care, protect and nurture your body because you were too busy giving away your time for something that really, at the end, is just so unimportant? There is nothing more precious than YOU, and if you need to engage the services of a personal trainer to uncover your best, to show you your SELF, then do it. If you need to just run outside, to gasp cold lungfuls of air to reconnect then do it. If you need to stretch tight muscles in downward dog poses, then do it. If you need to join a crazy dance class and wave your arms around like a loony, then do it. If you need to relax in a restorative mindfulness class then do it. Just DO IT.... While you still have the time.