Thank you for reading the Bubbles Guide on Happy Healthy Living! As I told you in the prologue, this lifestyle has four key elements: exercise, food, rest and mindset. In this post I will focus on exercise.
Exercise is extremely important for a happy healthy lifestyle. We are not made to be indoors, doing nothing (or looking at these luminous devices). We are made to move! Like our predecessors some thousand years ago. Nothing changed much in our bodies and our brains since those times. Doing what you are naturally made for makes you happy and healthy. That is the essence of my training method. It is simple, really.
Our predecessors had to hunt and gather to get food. Some lucky humans and canines still live this way, they work together in order to get their dinner. But most of us don’t do this anymore. Humans and canines got lazy as a consequence. And fat. And unhappy. So humans invented workouts and fitness programs. With schedules and do’s and don’ts and tools and clothes. Most of them are pretty expensive. And boring.
When you live according to the Bubbles Guide on Happy Healthy Living, you can skip all this fitness-program-stuff. You do not have to go to some cramped fitness studio to workout with loads of other sweating humans. You do not have to buy gear and odd looking clothes. In my training method you work with what is around you. Meaning things natural. This is my method, in five comprehensible steps:
1. Put on some practical, easy-to-wear clothes.
2. Call your dog and go out. If you do not have a dog: how sad. Adopt one. In the meantime: go out on your own.
3. Go to a natural place. Like a forest or the beach. If there is no such place in your surroundings, a park will do.
4. When you are there: play! Use your entire body (you want to become beautifully fit and muscular, just like me, right?). Run, walk, jump over logs, sprint, use your arms to throw things, climb into trees to surprise your dog. Maybe she will surprise you too, by climbing in after you. When you need to call the fire brigade to get you both out of the tree, you will have a great story to tell your friends!
5. Get dirty! Hence point 1. Humans are afraid to get dirty and I don’t understand why. It is great to get dirty! It makes you feel alive!
When you do this workout, you will get in sync with what your body and mind are made for: running and playing in the wild. This will make you happy and healthy, I guarantee. Now probably some humans will ask about the training schedule. That is simple: you should do this every day, for at least one hour. Preferably in the morning, because then you can smell the new day. If you are too busy, you can do it at the end of the day. It will help you unwind and get rid of all the unhealthy stress you accumulated during the day.
A natural surrounding is essential for this workout (you want to act like your predecessors did, right?). Like a forest. It has everything you need for a good exercise. Like lots of little paths, to go walking and running.
It is great when there are some obstacles. For jumping, climbing and hiding. And doing some pull ups, if you feel like it (I prefer push ups, though. You can do them anywhere):
You also need things to throw, in order to train your arm and back muscles. Your dog can fetch these things (most dogs love this). If you are out there without a dog and you feel a bit awkward about doing this, just pretend your dog is somewhere out there, not listening to you (this happens a lot, so no one will notice you haven’t got a dog with you). Things to throw are abundant in the forest:
You can use all kinds of items you can find out there: stones, logs, pine-apples or odd little things like this:
Well, maybe not this one, because it is still inhabited.
When you do this workout, you will have loads of fun, strengthen the bond with your canine (which means instant happiness), improve your health and get strong. You will get slim, too. Just give the yummy treat you deserve after this workout to your dog, that should do the trick.
After this, you’ll need some rest. I will explain all about that in following blogs. Stay tuned!