Feel Good, TODAY!
By: Estin and Courtney Holcomb, Waveforms Pilates
At Waveforms Pilates, we often discuss the concept of health and wellness and what our personal experience of wellbeing feels like. For Courtney and I, we tend to cringe when we hear these keywords: health & wellness. The modern focus of health and wellbeing seems to only focus on extending one’s life. There’s no thought or reflection on its quality. Quality of life, right now.
Perhaps it’s a philosophical discussion, but can instant gratification of living a healthy lifestyle be enough to give us long term satisfaction?
What if we looked at our health and wellness from a purely selfish standpoint?
What if we focus on instant gratification instead of *ONLY* long term goals?
I am going to eat this grilled chicken salad with avocado now because it tastes great and I feel good after eating it.
Or I can go on that 5 mile run, 30 mile bike ride, or attend a 1 hour Pilates session NOW because I want to celebrate what my body is capable of today.
It makes ME feel great NOW and I am enjoying the rewards right away. The reward can be the experience itself.
Claiming Your Life Now, Not Later
Over the past few years, I have seen people who lived super healthy lives come down with terminal illness. I’ve seen odds stacked against people who are sick, who find health and wellness once again. Cancer, heart attacks, strokes, and other things can change your life in one second – like thieves in the night. The sad reality is, our longevity is not a guarantee of the time and effort we put in to being healthy. A hope for longevity is harder to accomplish without the daily commitment to making yourself feel better.
A Fitness Regime for Today
Maybe figuring out what makes us feels good today, will shed light on what our true goals should be from a workout. After going to a fitness class, do you leave feeling immediately better, or do you feel destroyed? How many days does it take you to feel healthy and recovered after your workout? Did you lose time to feel good today because of a long recovery?
After completing a Pilates session, do I feel sore? Yes. Does it feel good? Yes. It is not debilitating, it does not “put me out for a week” until I can perform my next workout. It can truly be a daily practice. It makes my body feel good, works it in a functional way, and brings breath, posture, confidence, balance, and energy into my daily life. It makes me feel good today.
Fitness should not be only for longevity, but for daily wellness. Life’s longevity is not guaranteed. May longevity be the result of your commitment to the daily practices of making yourself feel better, right now.
We do not advocate someone to live a short life due to lack of self control and overindulgence, we advocate living and feeling great today, as many times as possible.
How are you feeling, today?