#Workhardplayhard #hustle #fitlife #fitfam #justdoit #grindin’ #motivation
If you follow people on instagram/facebook/twitter who post the above hashtags accompanied by photos of themselves doing Cross Fit or working at the office at 2 am in the morning, stop following them now. They are responsible for that nagging feeling that you are not good enough, that they are working harder than you, have a better life than you, and are infinitely more passionate about their lives than you are about your own.
And they may well be better/happier/fitter than you. For now, that is. Because a lifetime of extreme effort does not yield great results if you look at the bigger picture.
If you are living in America/Britain or another western country, there’s a good chance you’ll be around for 80 or so years. That’s a lot of time to mess your brain and body up by pushing it to the limits of human endurance. If you work all the time, there’ s a good chance you are highly stressed, and if you work out hard all the time, there’s a good chance you are irreparably damaging your body.
A reported 80% of Americans feel perpetually stressed by their work environment, with an alarming amount of deaths caused by job-related anxiety – which account for more deaths each year than Alzheimer’s or diabetes.
The effects of extreme exercise are apparently equally as lethal. A long term study of Olympic athletes found that competitors in the most more strenuous sports had shorter lifespans than other athletes. Furthermore, another Canadian medical university study showed that while regular exercise reduces cardiovascular risk by a factor of 2 x or 3 x, “extended vigorous exercise performed during a marathon raises cardiac risk by seven-fold”. The lesson is clear people, stop doing everything hard. It’s not good for you.
The solution? Exercise a bit and eat well, then work quite hard, but take time off. And stop following masochists on social media.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.