Convenience is your worst enemy. Well, it’s certainly my worst enemy when it comes to ensuring I get my weekly dose of outdoor time. Seriously, think about it. How many times have you wanted to go for a run after work, but found that the sofa was a little too enticing after a long day at the office, or opted for a ready meal and a night in over cooking up a storm on the campfire with your friends?
I mean I live one mile from my gym and the number of times I’ve opted to drive there instead of running, cycling or even walking frustrates me beyond belief. There’s always an excuse, isn’t there? It’s raining. It’s dark. Or I don’t have time to run there, gym, run back, cook dinner and do all the other things our evenings demand of us.
But honestly, it would probably take an extra ten minutes (20 minutes if you’re really being slow — but if you’re running in the rain or the dark, you probably want to get there and back quicker, so you wouldn’t be dawdling anyway). TEN MINUTES. Is that really the end of the world?
And how much better do you feel when you actually choose the slightly harder alternative? Don’t you feel like the king of the world — sorry queen of the world? It gets your endorphins going. You know you’ve done something good for yourself and for the world. I mean think about the difference it would make if everyone who ever jumped in their car for a mile long (or less) journey decided to run, walk or cycle instead. How much less pollution would be going into the air?
Convenience has a massive impact on our lives. A massive negative impact in my opinion. From food to exercise to fresh air, convenience is constantly knocking on our door, tempting us to choose the easy path. And in these dark, cold, rainy months, convenience is especially hard to turn down.
But think how much healthier we’d be without convenience food. I mean how good does food taste when you’ve spent an hour in the kitchen, creating and crafting some delicious masterpiece? You also know it’ll be good for you, because you know what you’ve put in it.
Could I be daring enough to set you a challenge? This is a challenge my husband and I are actually also trying to do ourselves. This week, when you walk past a bottled smoothie or your local chippie. Instead of giving in to temptation and grabbing the drink off the shelf or tucking into that fish and chips, why not look up a yummy recipe instead, go buy the ingredients and make it yourself.
I’m currently loving the recipes from Joe Wicks, The Body Coach. He’s got so many ridiculously yummy meals, snacks, smoothies and desserts and most of his meals are completely makeable in just 15 minutes. I love how quick they are to make and I know they’re all super healthy. And if you’re worried about time, his top tip is to ‘prep like a boss’. And I totally agree, it’s all about being prepared. Be efficient in your cooking and you’ll notice just how much good cooking you can fit into your already busy week.
I know there have been loads of times I’ve wanted to get out after work, pick up a picnic I pre-prepared and head to the beach with Tom to watch the sunset and spend some quality time together. But life has been busy, we’ve been tired and instead we’ve often opted for a lazy night in. And you know what? We’ve never felt better for it. We’ve always felt somehow cheated.
I think the trick to getting the better of the lures of convenience is to keep reminding yourself how you’ll feel after you’ve chosen the harder but more rewarding path. Don’t let convenience get the better of you and steal your life away. Don’t let it steal all those precious memories you could have of surfing the evening away, then cooking up your dinner on a campfire or those memories of doing crazy adventure in the few short hours you have between the end of the work day and the beginning of the next.
Choose the road that requires a little more effort. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
Sorry, rant over. Do you struggle with this too? Would you love to get out more, but find excuses get the better of you more often than you’d like? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Let’s chat. Let’s encourage each other. And let’s get out there.
Photos by myself and LJM Photography