For the first time in longer than I can remember I have been under the weather. Last week for 6 days I was lying in bed completely unable to do anything. Unable to think straight, unable to concentrate and worse of all, not be able to be active. Apart from watching all 8 series of Entourage it was by a distance the worst week I have had in the past 18 months.
The ability to live a fit and healthy life is something that I have come to take for granted far too much. Being so down about not being able to exercise really made me think of two categories of people.
1. Those who have been restricted in their ability to exercise.
2. Those who simply choose not to.
Let me start with the former. Having an injury or condition that stops or inhibits your movement is for me one of the most unfair things that could happen to a person. There is nothing, absolutely nothing, that inspires me more than watching adaptive athletes. Watching adaptive athletes at any level performing to such incredible standards completely blows my mind. These wonderful human beings have been thrown a curveball in life and the fact that they haven’t been defeated is mesmerising to me. One of my next guests on the podcast, Lil Misty Diaz (@lilmistydiaz), is one of the greatest examples of that. I cannot wait for you to hear it.
For example when I watch any Paralympian’s happy, gleaming and euphoric faces, upon crossing the finish line it makes me think two things. Firstly, it shows the natural high that exercising brings to people’s lives. Secondly it makes me despise people who are perfectly fit and healthy and just choose not to exercise.
After reading through the latest UK Government Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet, which was published in 2017, I was left with the knowledge that 26% of all adults (+16) were classified as inactive. What classifies somebody as inactive? Less than 30 minutes per WEEK of activity. This includes walking.
Okay if you are 75+ then I understand there is more of a reason to be sedentary. I am not going to be drastic and suggest people of that age should be doing jump squats and burpees in their front room!! However the fact that there are 20% of inactive people between the ages 25-34 honestly makes me fucking furious.
I could carry on pulling statistic after statistic out here but I just want to touch on the big picture for a moment. Health and happiness. To me there is nothing more important on this planet.
Obviously, longevity should be the greatest incentive to get up and go do some exercise. Therefore I’m going to breeze past that one. For me being active means happiness.
Ben Philips once said that “…exercise is the most potent and underutilized anti-depressant”. That is honestly the way I view exercise. Why would anyone neglect an avenue to something that would make them feel happy, especially when it is so accessible. It doesn't make sense to me.
The majority of people I surround myself with all love exercise. That isn't a coincidence. I surround myself with positive and wonderful individuals and exercise is an outlet for all of them to feel good about themselves. My advice for anybody who Is not feeling happy and is not exercising - get a grip and get up and move.
What do I want you to do this week?
1. Subscribe and listen to any number of the podcasts on my website. The majority of the individuals I have interviewed on the show use exercise as a vehicle to drive themselves forward.
2. Keep your eyes peeled for an up and coming episode with Lil Misty Diaz. Follow her @lilmistydiaz for the time being. Her story is one of the most incredible things I have ever heard.
3. If you ever have any questions regarding health and fitness please get in touch with me. Sometimes the mind block of knowing where to start is the hardest part. It may seem daunting but I promise you it really is more simple than you think. Email me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Huge love amigos!