In a recent newsletter from Colossal, there was an article about Redmer Hoekstra, who has a unique way of looking at the world. These are two of my favourite drawings:
I love it when artists or writers give us a new way of looking at life. All too often we can get stuck in a rut, not really looking any more. We wear the same old clothes, eat the same old things, do the same old exercises, walk the same old routes. Well, it's easy isn't it?
Life is busy and we don't want to have to make decisions every moment of every day.
So our brain takes short cuts. "Don't worry about breakfast" it says to us, comfortingly, "Just have what you had yesterday". That's one less decision to make before the coffee kicks in, right?
Well, yes... if you had a good breakfast yesterday.
If it was nutritious and healthy and not too calorie-heavy.
On the other hand...!
At the moment I'm trying to look at all my habits and see which ones are leading me in the right direction.
Which ones are going to get me to the results I'm looking for.
One recent revelation was that I walk too much. No really! I used to walk several miles every day. Didn't think about it. Just went out the door every day. I thought it was good for me. Until...
Not that bad really!
But painful. Couldn't walk even a few steps without pain. Turns out I was over-exercising certain muscles and others weren't getting much of a workout. In a book called Younger Next Year which I read recently, they put it this way:
"There’s one thing that does apply to you, no matter how fit you are, and that is the mix of different kinds of exercise we’re recommending (eventually aerobic exercise at different levels four days a week and at least two days a week of strength training). That mix is as important to everyone. If you concentrate only on one sport or activity, you inevitably ignore some muscle systems. As you get older, your body will get less and less tolerant of that kind of concentration. The systems and muscle groups that you’re ignoring will atrophy and raise hell with the rest of your body. That’s what cross-training is all about, and it’s important."
Extract from Younger Next Year by Chris Crowley
I'm sure this is obvious to most people, but it wasn't to me. So now I'm swimming and cycling and doing resistance training as well.
Now, if I could just work on that habit of seeing chocolate as my best friend on sad, bad days...!