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This week in building health
Has it been 4 weeks already? That really flew by.
Traveling for one month was great! And it's my first time taking that break during my work as a coach- I learned a lot about myself over the past month too.
Here are a few realizations I had in the last 4 weeks:
One month isn't going to set you back
Both in work and health, I was worried about losing 4 weeks.
In the first few days I tried to stay busy and active. I squeezed in work in the mornings. I went to parks to work out.
But after 2 days, I wasn't feeling very good.
I had to remind myself that I need to stop thinking like an athlete. I'm not trying to hit any personal bests TODAY. I can think long term and set goals for the next 2, 5, even 10 years.
Going easy for one month is not the end of the world.
You're active enough as a tourist
Here's the thing: I don't need to go out of your way to find time to workout when I'm traveling.
If you're already walking around a lot and exploring your surroundings, you're getting plenty of activity.
And as a bonus, your brain is active and engaged too.
So, next time you're feeling guilty about skipping a workout while on vacation, just remember that you're actually getting plenty of exercise without even trying.
When you need it, your body will ask for it
There was one time that I ended up sneaking in a bit more exercise during the trip.
Why did I do it? Because I could feel my body wanted it.
We had spent the day doing a lot of walking, but when we got back to our hotel, I felt that my body was still craving movement.
So I went back out and looked for a park where I could mess around and play. No reps or sets, no weights. Just moving till my body felt good.
+ Health goes beyond body
Okay, I gained some weight. I ate A LOT on holiday.
But I also had a wonderful time. I was not stressed or
(too) anxious. I felt present each day and got to connect with so many friends (both new and old)
I would argue that I did MORE for my health by finding the time to take a break and explore new things.
Like I said above, I have the whole year to practice my habits and routines.
It's good to take a full rest too!
my favorite health things this week
I spoke to a friend on the road whose whole purpose for staying healthy was to be able to travel. I reminded me of this article on enjoyment.
Here's a quote
Health should be linked to something that's important to you
Here's a different take on building habits:
While it's not saying habits are bad, it does suggest that they don't really make you happy. I think it's more of:
Habits = productive, automatic, efficient
Rituals = intentional, meaningful, purposeful
How your environment affects your feelings (article)
Traveling has really emphasized for me the importance of choosing your places well.
I know myself well enough to know that I'm happiest in slow paced, quieter environments. I like hikes, I like nature, and I like provincial green spaces.
So between traveling in the city & traveling in the countryside, I had a much better time in the later.
Thanks for reading.
Be well this weekend,