Every time you turn on the radio, you get bombarded with fast-talking people pitching ads, giving you the latest numbers in finance, sports, weather. Every time you turn on the TV, colorful images flash across the screen with happy, beautiful people and close-ups of fast food.
We get exposed to not just hundreds of advertisements every day, but also people telling us what we ought to do on any given day – our managers, our families, our friends, our significant others. Society has a way of telling us or proving to us that we are never good enough and there’s always something we should be doing to fix ourselves. And then society tells us what we have to do and what we need to buy to do so. All this, in combination with our own desires, can grow into a giant unhappy stress monster.
Here’s a confession: I struggle to avoid imposing my ideals and opinions on other people without their permission. Just like everyone else, I desire to have my thoughts valued and validated. Yet my thoughts and anyone else’s opinions just one little part of the flood of information we’re exposed to on a daily basis.
When you eat and when you exercise, the key is to focus. When I exercise, I am constantly thinking about my form and whether or not I’m performing moves correctly. When I eat, I’m taking in flavors, savoring bites, and ensuring that every bite counts. When you concentrate on eating, you won’t turn into robotic eating machine (as in, whoa, I just finished that whole bag of chips and I don’t even remember eating it!).
Minimalist eating strips the excess stuff and goes back to the basics – what you need to fuel your body. Feeling satisfied is more comfortable than feeling full and your stomach about to burst. You can simplify your meals by ensuring that every ingredient serves an ultimately good purpose and to eat slowly, savoring every bite. Do this, and there is no need for expensive supplements or powders.
My idea of minimalist exercise is one that doesn’t require a lot of props or extra machinery and allows you to focus on the present moment. In fact, you can do most exercises without any props. P90X and Insanity prove that to you – insanity requires zero props and P90X requires either weights or resistance bands, a pull-up bar, and a yoga mat. No need for any expensive thousand-dollar machinery!
Cut the excess, save money, and benefit your body. More on minimalism later.
Has minimalism benefited you and how do you implement it into your routine?