None of us can deny that nature knows what it’s doing. If you want proof, you only have to look around you. Ants are a perfect example of nature doing its thing, and doing it well. Each ant knows their place in the anty ranks, and they know what job they need to do. No one tells them. They don’t have existential crises or wonder if they’re on the right path. The same cannot be said for humans. Going back thousands of years, we may have known what we were doing. But, we often feel lost in the modern age. We could get into philosophical debates about why. Did Eve eat the apple and that kind of thing? But, for the most part, we’ve lost our way because we stopped listening to nature.
You could apply this theory to many aspects of life. But, we’re going to take a look at what effect it has on our health. Our bodies function without conscious thought. We breathe, our hearts beat. And, we’re hardly aware of it. In that sense, nature still holds our reins. But, in other ways, we have turned the democracy of our bodies into a dictatorship that isn’t working.
You only have to turn on the news to see that we’re more unhealthy than ever. It makes no sense because medicine is better. No one can deny that we’re living longer. But, self-induced health problems, like obesity, are on the rise. So, why aren’t things working from a health perspective? In a lot of ways, it’s because we ignore nature. We let our heads decide how we treat our bodies. There’s no denying there’s a link between body and mind, but are we using it in the right way? The results would suggest not.
Instead of listening to our bodies need, we do what we want. Our bodies have no say. We choose diets, not because our body needs them, but because they sound like a good idea. Is it any wonder we often fail in our fitness pursuits? And, it’s not only diets that are guilty. We often push ourselves too far in the exercise stakes, too. If your body is hurting, it’s telling you it’s had enough. Don’t continue to push through!
So, what can we do to solve the problem? The simple answer is nothing. Stop doing anything, and give nature a chance to take control again. You don’t need to make the decision to go on a diet. If your body wants a weight loss cleanse, it’ll tell you as much. If you need to do more exercise, you’ll get a craving to do so. Listen to what your body is telling you!
There’s no denying that our knowledge can help us in many ways. But, it seems to be more of a hindrance when it comes to our bodies. Not only have we lost touch with nature, but we’ve also lost touch with what’s good for us. It’s time to make a change.
Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.