We are now living in a world where technology has brought us closer to everything; we can look at our phones and draw inspiration and knowledge about almost anything that humans have ever known. Or we can look at cat videos and laugh… Nevertheless, it is quite easy to get overwhelmed today; whether it is with exercise to be the best, biggest or fastest. With work, to be a success, to build an empire or just to make ends meat. Sometimes we need to just turn off, and I don’t mean zone out in front of the TV or go on an adventurous holiday. I mean take some time to just be; to rest and recover.
The great irony is that I am writing this using technology and a form of social media to relay my message, one of the things that has taken us into the future by making us busier. When the great innovators of our time decided that technology would allow for a more productive and connected humans they forgot that in doing so it would lead to more demands on our time.
I write this today to help you but also to remind myself that it is alright to have a break from the world every now and then. I walk around each day and see people on their phones, or distracted by them, I am terrible at it too. I guess what I am getting at here is that we all lead very hectic lives these days, we all have a little bit of F.O.M.O (fear of missing out) when, in reality we don’t need to stress about things. My first job where I had e-mail to my phone was in the pub in London and it was a nightmare, I was always working on my days off.
We need to have time to rest and recover: note the two words, REST and RECOVER. They are two different things, rest is about taking a break, some time out; recovery is about allowing for adaptations to take place, for our mind and body to revitalise themselves. Think of it like Yin energy and Yang energy – you need the two to balance otherwise eventually you’ll get over run with emotion, you get sick, lose motivation, can’t sleep or you make no progress despite the work that you put in.
Working the fitness industry has been a fantastic experience so far and it is a realisation of mine that I need to pace myself, I can’t keep trying to work out every day because eventually I will get tired. It is often alluded to in articles and by other trainers that rest and recovery is as important as the training that you do. I think that can transcend the boundaries of the fitness world and into our lives at home and at work. Sometimes it is good to unplug, let the battery on your phone die, find a place to relax and clear your head and regenerate your mind, body and soul. I have to take my own advice from time to time, but I am human, and I still fall victim to the same things as everyone else.
So why not make this weekend or part of this weekend about you? Turn off the phone, unplug from ‘the Matrix’ and give your body time to catch up with your mind. You don’t have to spend the whole weekend locked in a dark room, but set aside some time to chill and quiet the mind, try meditation. You might be surprised at how much better you feel after doing it.
As always I hope that you have a great weekend, Stay Strong and…. Well, keep yourself balanced!
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Brendan is the owner and head trainer at Raw Motion Fitness.