We want it and we want it now!
We’ve all been there, in fact some of us spend every waking day in the ‘I want it now’ mind frame. We see it, we want it. We hear about it, we want it. We want everything and we want it now. With the age of computers, mobile phones, jet planes, and ever advancing technology we’ve become a race that not only wants everything immediately but expects it. The 21st Century will see almost a thousand times greater technological change than its predecessor. While it’s exciting in many ways, it’s also begs the question about whether we as human beings can keep up.
And so the ‘I want it now’ mentality crosses into every conceivable genre of ‘things’. We want fast food, fast love, fast living, fast travel, fast communication and so to get to my point we want to fix our bodies fast. We forget that it has taken years and years of bad habits, poor posture, lack of exercise, poor diet and general abuse to get our bodies in the shape they are in now. We also forget that our bodies are not machines. We do not have hard drives, processors, batteries that can be replaced and we can’t just take something apart and put it back together again. We are a lot more complex than that!
When I initially start working with clients my primary goal is to get them back into their bodies. We can’t ‘fix’ anything unless we are connected with it. Sure you may say you are connected to your body, as it’s your body, but are you really connected, really engaged with what goes on within you? Have you ever tried to move each finger at a time and suddenly realise how difficult it is? Or try this next time you find yourself standing at the wash basin brushing your teeth – try alternatively squeezing one butt cheek at a time. Can you do it? We are blessed that we have the ability to learn and with time we can become masters of anything. Behaviour once so foreign and new becomes conscious action, finally with enough practice it becomes subconscious to the point we don’t have to think about it anymore, it’s become an innate part of who we are.
One of my favourite quotes by Joseph Pilates is this: “The mind, when housed within a healthful body, possesses a glorious sense of power”. Nobody ‘breaks’ overnight, so how can we expect to ‘fix’ overnight if we aren’t truly connected with ourselves. Spend more time in your body, understand how you can regain control and start to possess that glorious sense of power Joseph talks about.
Jayne is a qualified Personal Trainer, Pilates Instructor and all round amazing person living in Sydney, Australia. Check out her website, Core Being: and her Facebook page for links to great fitness related articles http://www.facebook.com/pages/Core-Being/173643099313235