“…slow and steady wins the race, till truth and talent claim their place.”

B.J. Novak, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

Has doing things slowly become a luxury in these modern times? Everybody is in a rush nowadays. We want everything faster – faster internet, faster cars and faster trains. It is hard to imagine a time when cable internet and aeroplanes didn’t exist.

The word “Slow” itself has negative connotations. If you’re running too slowly, you’re relegated to being a “jogger”. Walk too slowly and you’re a pavement hog. Slowpoke, sloth-like, slow thinker, slow footed.. Being slow is definitely not an endearing quality.

Perhaps, we should learn to appreciate doing things slowly.

Eating slowly has shown to help with weight loss, satiety and digestion.

When it comes to making complex decisions, it is wise to take our time and not make rash decisions. Weigh all your options and seek advice from experts before deciding.

When starting on a new diet or fitness program, don’t rush into it. Slowly ease into it with by implementing small changes, this will make it easier to transition into your new way of living.  Do what you can, when you can.

The body you want is a journey, not a destination. Take your time and enjoy the process. Learn to appreciate what your body is capable of. Show yourself some love and compassion and allow yourself to do what you enjoy. Build up a base before starting on High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), to prevent injuries. Make small changes to your diet instead of removing entire food groups. Slowly upgrade yourself.

Related reading:

Less is more, slower is better
A TL:DR of Carl Honore’s TED talk “In Praise of Slowness”


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