High Altitude Health Deborah Holmes MedX of Estes As I reflect on the last few months of conversations I’ve had with friends, family, members and coworkers regarding their health struggles during this unprecedented time. It seems that there are those who have lost weight, worked out harder and found success beyond what their pre-pandemic work schedules and lives allowed and then there are those (more of the majority) who have thrown their health and fitness into the wind and given up on even trying. This saddens me tremendously, knowing that depression is rampant right now during this desperate time in our lives.
Whether it’s pandemics, depression or the opposite of being too busy, giving up your health, your medical appointments and exercise isn’t at all O.K.
Exercise and eating properly is always the first thing people give up when life gets challenging. It’s the easiest to drop because it affects the least amount of people, only you. No one needs to know how many Netflix shows that you binged watched and how many bon-bons you enjoyed while doing so. It affects only you!
When life gets back to ‘normal’ will you be ‘all in’ again?
My question this week is why does it have to be ‘all or none?’ I know that’s what so many of my friends, family and clients live by. Particularly when it comes to exercise. It doesn’t have to be that way.
Believing that you must have ‘all’ the right amount of time, ‘all’ the newest gear, ‘all’ the same amount of weights to lift, ‘all’ the extra body weight you’ve been carrying around for years off your body, ‘all’ the aches and pains gone, ‘all’ the right family and friend support and ‘all’ the stars in the universe aligned perfectly. If everything isn’t ‘all’ perfect, which it rarely (never) is on a daily basis, then we might as well do ‘none’ of it.
In order to live full lives, isn’t your health a key factor to making that happen, no matter what life is dealing at the time? The affects of this pandemic are playing a hard line on our health and in a negative way. So ‘none’ isn’t an option.
If you think about it; it really takes all kinds of habits, behaviors and daily routines to keep your health from declining, which requires staying ‘all-in’ with your brain cells. A commitment won’t stay solid unless your brain agrees, commits to it and says let’s get it done!
It’s a powerful degree of separation: all in or none. I’m assuming that if you are living a life of no exercise, then you are O.K. with nudging the downward roller coaster of your health a little faster and a little harder? Bring on the aches and pains, bring on the poor sleeping and bring on stress and extra weight. No worries maybe you will get more done with those extra hours every week that you took away from your health, and it’s safer and better for you to stay home and commiserate during this pandemic! Do you honestly believe this?
Being all in about your habits, behaviors and daily routines in today’s world means respecting that we won’t always have the same habits, behaviors and daily routines all in the right place, at all the right times. We’ve got to roll with the flow, whether we like it or not.
These last few months we’ve had to make, change and develop health and exercise habits that are different and possibly not as satisfying as we want or are used to. It’s not an excuse to break those habits and schedules when faced with the insanity of this pandemic or an insane week at work. Being ‘all in’ means you’ve stuck with it. You know the old saying, “surviving through thick or thin.”
So, in case you didn’t get the point of this week’s article, you need to be ‘all in’ with regards to daily, weekly and monthly exercise, there are no excuses (not even a pandemic). Your schedule won’t always be ‘all’ perfect. Pandemics, insane schedules, depression and/or unexpected demands. ‘None’ of that matters when it comes to your health and your body’s need for exercise. ‘None’ does not count. Are you all in for the rest of this insanity?