June 21, 2012

The Right Amount of Lazy

Beautiful. This painting by K. Madison Moore defines the
word "lazy" in my humble and sloth-like opinion.
As I was driving into work, and sitting at a stop light, I observed a guy running across the intersection and thought.....nothing. My old self would have thought how much I would love to run like that or how lazy I am because I'm in my car. But in my older age, I have developed just the right amount of lazy (in my opinion).

When I began my career in my twenties I worked 15 hour days between full time work, school, and volunteering for every board, association, and governing body I could just to become the best fitness professional possible! In my thirties, I worked like a dog juggling full time work with full time graduate studies to become the best damn health promoter I could!

In my forties, although I do have the drive and ambition to continue into my next graduate degree (coming up soon), I'm faced with a new feeling. This one keeps me from working long hours or wishing I had superhuman abilities to stay up all night (in my twenties I got this ability by eating chocolate covered expresso beans chased down with coffee...ahhhh the good old days of anatomy and physiology class). I'm okay with not running or volunteering for the next committee. Is this the wisdom that comes with age or am I just getting lazy?

It's hard being a ferret. I give Joe credit for taking time out of his busy schedule to "hammock" in the shade.  Poor little guy works so hard with his scurrying around and getting into places he has no business getting in to. Must be exhausting!
Perhaps a hint of lazy isn't so bad for our health? Perhaps it is what we need to slow us down and make us appreciate doing nothing. I swear by doing nothing. In fact, I make it a small part of my daily health practice. By doing nothing your mind is able to slow down; with that, your memory becomes sharper, your blood pressure may decrease, and your immune system function may get stronger. Calming the mind calms the body and the more you do it the stronger that muscle gets. You are able to slip into a relaxation response sooner than when you began.

The origin of "chill-axin"...get it? I kill myself...really.
If you are one of those people, like I was, where sitting still is hard and feelings of having to do something overcome you, try your best to sit on a beach chair this weekend (with drink in hand of course) and watch the trees, or your family, or the ocean, or the sky. Take a few really deep breaths and try and empty your mind of all the stuff its usually filled with. Doing this every day will make it easier and your body will thank you for it.

Now I must go and sit in my reading nook and look out the window.


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