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  • 08.01.2022

    Turn childhood hobbies into recreational treats

    Ever since my early childhood, I remember that I always had some hobbies. Collecting pictures of the Animal Kingdom, volleyball, dance groups, playing gumi gumi, writing, painting, astronomy group... All of that was somehow an integral part of my everyday life in childhood...


    Ever since my early childhood, I remember that I always had some hobbies. Collecting pictures of the Animal Kingdom, volleyball, dance groups, playing gumi gumi, writing, painting, astronomy group... All of that was somehow an integral part of my everyday life in childhood. Even one of the more important questions in the scrapbooks was to list a hobby. For those younger reading this who may not know, scrapbooks were a major hit in the nineties. There wasn't a person who didn't have one that went through the whole class, if not others, and contained a bunch of information about everyone in the school. It's hilarious when I look at it today, but there...back to the point - we ALL had hobbies. As we grew up, the number of them decreased as the number of obligations increased. My hobby of ballet dancing turned into a job and sometimes I really wonder how much choosing a hobby has defined our future professions for many of us. Yes, somehow now I think I was lucky because I chose a hobby that completely contributes to my health. However, some went in other directions and cemented themselves in their workplaces by sitting for hours, thus signing themselves to postural and other problems. Today, most people deal with those problems by training twice a week, hoping to make up for the lack of daily movement. They choose HIIT training, cycling, running school, pilates, yoga... everything is available today; however, something is still missing. It's an understanding of movement - not like hard core training where you let your soul out while the trainer yells at you with too loud daka-daka-bam music, while your visible borderline state is between fainting and the dopamine charge of happiness (because you survived the training and immediately look "more successful" and better to yourself) - but as an ordinary movement.. You know the ones activities that used to be everyday or a hobby? That's it. To elaborate - training with a higher intensity is stressful. Not bad, but good. The one in isolated conditions where by exposure to it we build life resistance and become stronger. However, we are under stress every day. At work, at home, on the street, in the store, on your cell phone... And I can't but to ask you all if the stress that we choose as positive stress (exercise) should perhaps be chosen more wisely, so that it is not too high and does not cause more damage than benefits? Have you noticed how many people often get injured during recreational training? Are the coaches to blame? Well, partly yes, but at the end of the ballad, we are all responsible for our own health. We all choose to participate in this and that activity and train with this and that trainer, therefore, we should also take responsibility for our health. Maybe, if you are a person who sits at the computer for nine hours a day, 5 days a week, who drive to work and generally move minimally, choosing cross fit twice a week for 60 minutes or HIIT training might not be the best option. Maybe it would be better to practice some lighter training three times a week and try to move at least 15-30 minutes more every day. Walk to work. Go to nature for the weekend. Make a circle around a larger park, or walk on any nearby hill and climb a little uphill. Maybe rollerblading or riding a bike for a few laps around the neighbourhood or to work when it's not raining and when it's not winter. What I want to say - these were all hobbies or part of them for us as children. We did not consider them a burden, but happiness and a normal way of spending the day, When I just remember - that my mom let me be outside after turning on the street lights, and make two more circles around the building on the bicycle - that was - Wow, my mom is the best. And today - today it is a problem is to get on the bike and pedal 3 kilometres. To walk to the store and carry two 5-kilogram bags back to home. We have a problem of climbing to the third floor even without those bags. Who wants to do that after a full day's work? But, isn't it better to perhaps include this habit everyday life little by little, so that with these small steps we can achieve big changes over a longer period of time, thus adopting lifelong quality habits? Maybe that's better than twice a week crazily crunching an already overstressed and exhausted body and causing it additional stress - not because THAT training is bad, but because YOU generally move too little, so EVERYTHING is accumulated into increased stress for which we don’t have suitable capacity. We always come back to that pesky topic of balance. Even your body needs homeostasis (balanced metabolism) to be healthy. So how come we forget that such balance is directly influenced by our daily small choices that make up the bigger picture - our today, and more importantly HOW to live. Here, I don't know what to say anymore. Dance. Walking. Trampoline. Rollerblading. Light mountain climbing. Swimming. Climbing. Sailing. Border guard game with neighbors behind the building. Gumi gumi with colleagues from work. I could go on and on, but I believe as does anyone reading this. The only important thing is that the activity pleases you and is fun for you. That it is a game for your mind and body. Yes, it's cool. To break the routine. That it's not there to lose weight, get prettier arms, legs, butt... that all this happens without much concern about the results for the aesthetics of your body, but for the betterment of your spirit and mind. Maybe everyone should remember and turn childhood hobbies into sweet recreational treats today. Those that can awaken happiness and pleasure in us. Even more important – longevity and great quality of life. Author: Andrea Solomun
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