We are approaching 2019 and the future has arrived. Technology rules the world, and we live in constant anticipation of the next gadget to simplify (or actually complicate) our lives.
Along with the cultural obsession with technology, current trends in health in fitness revolve around tracking and measuring fitness markers.
We track our steps, sleep, calories burned, macros, and measure ketones, BMI, and heart rate. There are countless devices and apps that help us to that end.
These measurements can give you key insights into your current state of health, motivate you to change, and help keep you on track. But amongst all these hard numbers and measurements we seem to have forgotten to ask ourselves one thing:
“How do I feel?”
Because really, who cares if your ketone reading is 1.5 – 3 mmol/L if you feel miserable all of the time? Who cares if you burned 300 calories in last night’s workout if you are burned out and stressed?
I’m not saying there is anything wrong with tracking your health and fitness markers, or for that matter setting measurable health goals.
However, at the end of the day, life is meant to be enjoyed. There are other markers of wellness that shouldn’t be ignored.
Are you sleeping well? Do you wake up rested and refreshed?
Are you managing stress, or are you constantly on the verge of burnout? Is your sex drive increasing or decreasing?
Oftentimes we obsess over something like meeting our macros and forget that when we are taking good care of ourselves, our bodies will let us know.
What are your thoughts on this? Do you believe that health markers are meaningless if you’re not feeling good on a daily basis?
Please share your thoughts below.
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