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The Fit Life: A Beautiful Escape



Recently, I published a YouTube video remotely touching upon the notion of escape. My friend Cindy suggested I talk deeper about out need to escape. I clasped my hands (perhaps because I was just back from my own escape hike to Hawaii?)

So, here we go.

Not sure why, but the term “escapism” has that negative connotation of avoiding doing something that we should be doing and not facing the reality. (Supposedly, facing the reality makes us better, or what?).

I don’t necessarily agree. I feel that escapism is positive and can be extremely productive. Especially when we start feeling overwhelmed with the reality and feel trapped by it.

Without escape, we cannot return to the grind of daily stressors and go on until, well, we can escape and reload again! Allowing ourselves to escape helps us recharge. Changing what we are doing and giving in to that impulse to run from it all (people, situations, or scenery) is a win-win.

Beautiful Escapes can be mental or physical. Short or long. Or in between. To me, a combo of both is the best. I recharge the best when staying physically active while spacing out mentally. My ever-preferred type of escapism is to travel, possibly far and to new destinations. Occupying my mind with what I am or will be seeing and how to get from point A to B and (approximately) execute my initial plan gets me “escaped”, excited, and totally in my groove.

You can escape by writing, going to a concert, looking at pictures of cute kittens, practicing stretching or yoga, reading, listening to music or audio book (when tired of visual stimuli), taking a crazy spinning class, singing, exercising, seeing a friend or… staying alone by choice, daydreaming, chanting, hiking, running (runner’s high, anyone? When that much-needed serotonin kicks in and you never want to stop what you are doing?), swimming, visiting a gallery, touching a tree, hearing a bird… Those are just examples of what we can do whenever we feel that the daily load is too much.

Then, there are some ways to escape which can be unhealthy. But in general, escaping is just wonderful for your health and body.

Personally and no matter how bad I want it; I am bad at escaping while not in motion. So, my way to escape is “meditation in motion” – where I keep going/exploring/hiking/running/travelling while I escape mentally by taking the experience in, thinking of the contents for the upcoming article, planning the next trip… I love to escape alone. But I witness many people escaping with a partner or even in a group – and I realize that for many, this is the preferred setting.

To everyone their own. Many of my fitness clients can meditate in the moment and stay still. They are in their groove there.

Escaping can be so healing, so try whatever gets you there! It results in that recharged feeling to face the upcoming day or week or two… It boosts our productivity once we are back from the La-La Land. It helps us being civil in our daily relationships and not lose patience over a nuisance, as we feel stronger, more composed, and more in charge than before making that Beautiful Escape…

Try it?

Magdalena Romanska is the owner of the Be Fit Fit Personal Training Studio ( and the Top 5% Chairman’s Board Realtor® at the Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International in Sedona. Visit her “Be Fit Fit” blog at

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