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Slow down your life and your gym workout

Slow down your life and your gym workout

We live in a fast-paced world, trying to cram ever more things into our day. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the world of health and fitness.

Diets are sold promising quick results. Gyms open 24 hours a day. Exercise regimes are more streamlined. High intensity interval training epitomises our desire to get more done in less time.

Some of us enjoy this fast-paced way of life. We can get a lot of things done and cram much into one day. But many of us are feeling burnt out. We feel like there is never enough time. We barely register this life that we are supposed to be living. So we go faster and faster, desperate to catch up. And it doesn't work.

It's from this sense of burnout that the Slow Movement began. Its essence is simple (if not necessarily easy): Slow down! This means simplifying, getting less done and fully engaging in what you are doing.

In the context of living a healthy, active life, it means taking better care of yourself. Particularly in terms of how you eat and exercise. It can be as simple as eating a meal at a leisurely pace, without any distractions. Or taking the time to stretch properly before and after you exercise rather than rushing in and out of the gym.

But where do we find the time to slow down? Again, it's simple but not easy: Prioritise. Say no. Don't behave as though you have to do everything right this minute. It's a strange phenomenon, but it's true: The more you slow down, the more time you seem to have.

Try it out the next time you go to the gym. Clear your diary to make sure you've left yourself enough time for a leisurely workout. Taking it slowly doesn't mean not pushing yourself. It means not rushing through the present moment, with your mind always focused on the next thing on your to-do list.

Try a slow workout. Let us know what you think.