If you don’t use it – you lose it!

We’ve all heard the phrase “If you don’t use it – you lose it” so forgive my less than original title there, yet if you are reading this paragraph hopefully it drew you in enough to find out what you’d lose, if you don’t use it? – though hopefully [again] – you know the answer, so lets regard this article as a collective reminder to – keep on moving!

After spending this past [nearly] two years, working from my lounge, it hit home recently, now that I have my Pure Pilates classes back in the halls, how much more energy I use going ‘out’ to work and how much ‘less’ active I have actually been, even with all the lockdown walking!
Which brings me to my point, that there is a balance between activity and rest that we all must strive for to maintain our wellbeing.
This isn’t new news of course, yet we may have ignored how simple a principle this really is.
Apathy creeps in at times or we get out of our routines for a while and need a little nudge and December is a month many of us are guilty of such crimes.

To convey my point in a far more elegant and philosophical way, allow me to use one of my favourite wellbeing quotes by Hippocrates, the ancient Greek physician, who is considered one of the most significant figures in medicine.

All parts of the body which have a function if used in moderation and exercised in labors in which each is accustomed, become thereby healthy, well developed and age more slowly; but if unused and left idle they become liable to disease, defective in growth and age quickly.
—Hippocrates, c. 450 B.C

Thats some straight talking business from Hippocrates there, yet I wonder how much more we have really learn’t since then, or if we have indeed just gone full circle – there’s nothing new under the sun after all?!

– This article has been published in the December edition of Life Magazines – http://www.lifemagazines.co.uk