I wrote this blog post for a company that sells glasses and contact lenses.
Not into exercising? It could be your glasses
Perhaps you’re like me, and you think of yourself as someone who is just “not that into exercising”.
And by “not that into exercise” I mean “not into moving, at all… unless I have to run to catch the bus”.
Perhaps, like me, you’ve worn glasses all your life and you’ve never considered getting contacts. Maybe it’s something you’re planning on doing “some day”.
What if there was a link between your feelings about exercise and your glasses?
Most of us start wearing glasses when we’re children. And there and then, without us realising it, our movements become limited in order to keep our glasses in place.
While other children are running wildly, dangling precariously from trees, and engaging in all sorts of reckless child-like behaviour, we learn to stay put so we may not endanger our glasses’ safety.
We don’t notice, of course; it’s a subconscious change. But after a decade or two of wearing glasses don’t be surprised to find yourself less than enthusiastic about the prospect of moving your body. Don’t be surprised if your life consists mostly of sitting down, being still and staring straight ahead.
Our subconscious says “you can’t move, you will lose your glasses, and they are expensive”. And our bodies understand this.
Our neck muscles get used to keeping our head straight up.
Our eyes only look straight ahead, never side to side, up or down, as the frame of our glasses blocks our view.
Our movements become slow. Sudden shifts are risky.
Our field of vision is smaller, so we grow even more careful of our surroundings.
It’s not just that glasses get in the way of exercise; that much is obvious. It’s that glasses get in the way of us thinking about exercising to begin with.
Enter: contact lenses.
It’s only when we experience the full body freedom that contacts bring us that we realise how we have grown used to not moving.
Not having glasses changes how you perceive the world around you; it changes the way you move your body.
All of a sudden life becomes a three dimensional, 360 degrees experience, and moving your body feels safe and easy. You might then discover a spontaneous desire to move, to dance, to take your body to new places and try things you’ve never done before.
Who knows, perhaps it is still time to dangle precariously from trees.
If you’re not that into exercising, and you’ve worn glasses all your life, you could try forcing yourself to go to the gym or sign up for a dance class. Perhaps hoping to get contacts, “some day” in the future.
Or you could start off by getting contacts first and observing the changes in your body; how your body and your relationship with the world around you changes now that you don’t need to worry about keeping your glasses in place.
And perhaps your new found freedom will inspire you to exercise, move and dance all on its own.