I wish I had the spirit these boys have to go to the outdoors and have so much fun when I was younger. I’ve only become an outdoorsy and active person during the last couple of years, which although I’m extremely happy about, does make me feel like I missed out on fun adventures during my teens. I don’t know about you; but when I was a teenager, I was chatting online (hello MSN, I’ve missed you!), listening to music or being out with my friends. I remember having a nice time with my friends; but it involved eating unhealthy food, doing unproductive activities and following the crowd.
My definition of fun has changed with time.
I now find myself enjoying walking all day around the city, exploring the outdoors, hiking, bicycling, eating healthy and being uncomfortable from time to time. I’m not trying say that if you don’t do outdoor activities, you won’t have a nice time. I believe that you can make the best out of any situation and just like those boys enjoyed catching wild crabs, playing and cooking together – one can enjoy watching a movie and eating popcorn. I think the trick here is: moderation.
In a world where technology continues to make life easier and convenient for us, how do we maintain a healthy lifestyle? Most things nowadays don’t require us to be healthy and/or active; there are escalators, elevators, food delivery, electric wheelchairs, Uber (a taxi service app), and endless entertainment in our phones. All these things are wonderful; they make life so much easier! I love having Uber around because relying on regular taxi services can be a pain, we’ve all been there. On a day that I’m particularly tired, the elevator sounds like heaven.
But what does having all of these convenient things so easily accessible mean for us?
I believe this means that we have to be more aware of what we’re doing to stay healthy. Could we perhaps take the stairs instead of the escalator at the mall? Could we walk up to our apartment instead of taking the elevator? Could we join a sport? Maybe take a walk around the neighborhood? Walk to/from work? Instead of having a ‘girls day’ that only includes chatting over food, perhaps going to yoga together – then having food could be an option. Making the activity fun is almost necessary, because you’ll want to continue doing it if you enjoy it. So if you’re taking a walk to work, listen to music, an audiobook or a podcast, whatever it is that you’d enjoy. Remembering that we only have one body, one life and we can learn to enjoy it even if it’s not so easy (or convenient) all the time.
Once we change our mentality and make these choices, we will naturally become accustomed to them. The last thing we want is to suffer an illness, feel groggy or tired all the time because of our lifestyle and then have to change – we want to attack the issue before it arises. Just remember to make it enjoyable and you won’t mind the inconvenience 🙂