• EXERCISE ISN’T EVERYTHING • And fitness alone won’t save Gotham.
Exercise and fitness can make us feel healthier for a hundred and one reasons. It’s not rocket science- we have both Google and a hashtag search bar if we ever need confirmation.
However- there’s a dark side of fitness.
Like anything else, the difference between good and bad is quantity. When we’re thirsty, we need a glass of water, not a tsunami of it.
Sometimes the ‘healthiest’ looking people might be struggling with their biggest mental challenges yet.
Sometimes maxing out on training can be a way to hide in plain sight from deep, unseen wounds.
Sometimes our training routine can feel like the only thing left to keep control over - making any variation from it feel life-threatening.
Sometimes training can reinforce our most unforgiving, unkind, unsustainable qualities in ourselves.
I know because I’ve seen all these things displayed in myself, and in people close to me as well. The negativity, the over-analysis, the comparing, the criticism.
I really don’t have all the answers. I’m still figuring out this little box called life along with everyone else. And maybe that friend is really truly fine and is just having a great ride on the workout roller coaster.
But just in case- don’t assume. Kindness will always be cool and encouragement will always be free- and often, it’s the ones who look like they don’t need it at all who actually need it most.
Big hype to @maxwilko for encouraging me through the forgotten sport of flashing bewildered tourists in November 😘