Go faster. Dig deeper. Stretch farther. More is better, right?
I used to think so. But after a decade in the fitness industry, something dawned on me: When we’re constantly forcing it and giving it 150 percent, it’s often because we’re looking for exercise to give us something it can’t. I see it so clearly because I’ve been there myself. For years, I fooled myself into thinking I could be perfect—more energy! No stress! Unshakable confidence!—if only I achieved more. And I thought exercise was my path to get there.
In slowing down and chilling out, I eventually found what I was looking for. But it was a long process. And the most surprising part was that it wasn’t about finding answers, it was about asking questions. Are you ready to get honest and learn more about your relationship to exercise? Here are five big questions to consider: