Healthy Hedonism

Tara

Tara Margulies is a yoga/spin/HIIT/handstand instructor, passionate pole dancer, model and all-around fitness guru. In this article, she talks about finding the balance between her healthy lifestyle and enjoying life to its maximum, which has been dubbed: Healthy Hedonism

Healthy hedonism, a topic that seems to be becoming more and more popular. Essentially the two
words contradict each other. Health is all about making choices that will benefit our future selves,
whereas hedonism is all about immediate satisfaction. So how can we strive to find a balance of
both?

I have been big on sport my entire life, from gymnastics when I was younger to running, cycling,
yoga, weightlifting and aerial sports since. I’ve been through all the fad diets, gone gluten-free, tried
carb cycling, cut out carbs completely, you name it. I was even tea total for two years when I was
at university because I was under the impression that I had to choose between progress in my
chosen sport and drinking alcohol, even on occasion. Having come full circle, I know now that
that’s not the case at all.

I love keeping fit and living healthily, but I’m also really passionate about music. I love going out to
see my favourite DJs and I love going to music festivals. When I tell most people this they just
don’t see how it fits “but, how can you be healthy and go out and drink and party as well?!”

The way I see keeping fit is that it’s about meeting like-minded people, being part of a community
and having a great time. How is that any different to club nights and music festivals? Obviously
working out and eating well is better for your body than getting drunk and dancing around to really
loud music… but I think they’re equally good for the soul. I feel that completely alienating things
that you love doing because they’re “unhealthy” is unhealthy in itself.

The same goes for drinks with friends, family, colleagues or similar. We know that drinking every day isn’t good for us, but denying ourselves a drink or two every now and then isn’t good for us
either.

I try to make everything that I do a conscious decision, that way it doesn’t make sense for me to
feel guilty about it. The phrase ‘detox and retox’ is everywhere at the moment and I don’t agree
with the message at all. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, this is the movement of “ok so we
went out last night and got hammered, let’s do a brutal morning workout so that last night won’t
have any effect on us at all”. Yeah. Right. The only problem is that by doing so, we’ll end up looking
at exercise as punishment, and therefore end up hating it.

If I could give anyone a single piece of advice on how to stay motivated to exercise for life, it would
be to find a sport or form of exercise that they enjoy. If we place enough importance on exercise,
we’ll be able to go out and have fun but continue to exercise and stay healthy at the same time. A
great way to keep on top of regular exercise is to find someone who will do it with you. If you have
someone counting on you to turn up to class or for your morning run, you’re more likely to get up
and go.

It’s all about finding a way in which we can strike a balance between our healthy habits and not-so-healthy

party antics. The way that I’ve found this balance is by finding a sport that I’m passionate
about that which gets me out of bed in the morning (sometimes even if I’m horrendously
hungover). I also make a point to choose my battles, I say yes to nights out but I also occasionally
say no.

Health and hedonism: both are important, both are achievable. It’s finding the right balance that
works for us all individually that’s the challenge, but once we find it we are golden.

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