Today, after writing this blog, I realized that I more or less ranted rather than provide some useful bits of information so to those who were looking for something slightly informative, I give you my take on lazy and it’s many forms!Lazy lurks everywhere! It’s in your living room sofa, it’s in your bed, it’s even in your ergonomic desk chair, tempting you with its comfy curves and soft fabrics that could swallow you up for hours. It even lurks in things other than sleep aids like your TV, iPad and Dell computer.
The husband and I have even gone to extreme measures to make lazy welcome in our home. In our bedroom, we have what I think is the most awesome bed in the world. It’s got this super soft duvet cover with what must be a million thread count, four down pillows, three sham pillows (even the decorative ones are comfortable), a feather bed top, one of those egg foamy things and about 20 inches of mattress. It’s insane. Lazy lives there.
Next, there is our sofa which is probably the second most comfortable place in the world. It’s a ginormous sectional with ‘rainy day’ written all over it. Step outside onto our terrace and there you’ll find an air chair perfect for reading and ultimately napping.
Lazy lurks everywhere and it’s a welcome comfort in many of our homes. We literally surround ourselves with all sorts of opportunities for laziness, and then wonder why we’re so lazy! And let’s not forget about “luxury” cars with their heated and/or air conditioned seats, lumbar support and plush leather. Every time we sit down, we’re happy. Why disrupt a good thing?
When I was working in an office, my chair was my haven, my little piece of happiness in an otherwise hostile environment. I could cuddle up in that chair six ways to Sunday. I’d spend four hour chunks of time sitting there, then get up to walk to my car which was pretty comfy to drive over to Starbucks to sit in one of their oversized stuffed chairs (if it was available… that was a tough spot to secure, someone is always in that seat. And for good reason: it’s lazy! It exudes laziness in a public setting. “Come here, sit down, enjoy a mocha triple espresso (because you need an energy boost) with whipped cream on top and louuuuuuuunge in my comfy laziness while you get fat! You’ll have so much energy once you leave… that is until the triple caffeine boost turns into a caffeine crash and burn at about 4:00. But by then you’re long gone and some other energy searching soul has entered my store and taken up residence in my comfort.” So says the Starbucks chair.)
Lazy is indeed everywhere. From the park bench to the hammock it’s luring us in, making us inactive, fat and unhealthy. These are the evils of too much lazy.
We have to be vigilant against laziness… it can find us anywhere, lure us in at any time and zap up completely of any trace amounts of energy we may possess at any one given time. Lazy makes us store fat, it makes us eat more bad foods and 500 calorie drinks, it makes us not want to get up and move fast in any direction. It keeps us right where we are and even permeates our brains. Our mind may fall prey to lazy because it can’t fight it. Lazy wants to sit right where it’s at, while our mind tries to convince our body otherwise. It’s screaming “Get up! Move! Show some signs of life. You know you’re not happy with your shape/figure/belly size, so get up!” and lazy is saying “Too late mind, I got your body under my spell! We’re happy just where we are. Besides, I ate all your energy. If you want it, it’s over there in that empty bag of cheese doodles. Now quiet down, I’m taking a nap!”
Yup, lazy is mean.
Don’t let it take control of you. Learn to control it. Get up and move around more often; even if it means coming out from under layers of soft sheets and pillows, or uncurling yourself from your desk chair, or peeling your eyes off your computer screen. Movement is good… sedentary is lazy is bad.Anne Marie Costanzo is a nationally certified personal trainer and owner of Little Black Dress Personal Training. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (914) 841-1121.