Today’s post is one that I’ve been looking forward to doing for a while now, but wanted to wait till the perfect time to do it. Today’s the day!
If you know me, you know I love being active. It’s something that makes me feel my best, both mentally and physically and is a big part of my day-to-day life. Whether it be yoga, a spin class, running, barre, cross fit… you name it, I’ve tried it.
For as long as I can remember, being active has been important to me, but hasn’t always been as organic as it is today. This morning, I woke up, sipped my coffee, enjoyed a nice, long breakfast and then when my body decided it was ready, I hit the trail for a walk. If you would’ve told me this time last year that a majority of my exercise would consist of yoga and leisurely walks, I would’ve called you crazy.
I considered myself an athlete, and I still do… just in a much different way now than I did back then. My journey with my body/ fitness, both mentally and physically, hasn’t always been rainbows and unicorns. I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs, but know those challenges are what have made into the person I am today; stronger and more in tune with my body than ever before.
After reading one of my favorite bloggers’ article about Movement vs Exercise (find it Here), I felt called to share how I’ve just recently transformed my relationship with exercise…which I now refer to as “Movement”. (If you’re wondering why, it personally sounds less intense and much more approachable/ natural to me).
As I’ve continued to read my way through Rebecca Scritchfield’s book Body Kindness, I’ve gained a whole new perspective on Movement. One point made consistently throughout the book is how you shouldn’t feel obligated to get in an intense sweat sesh every day… that’s unrealistic for even the craziest fitness-fanatics. As long as you can make an effort to add in some kind of movement that you enjoy daily, you’re doing your body and mind huge favors. And when I say movement, I really mean anything… walking, dancing, swimming, stretching, heck… cleaning up around the house! If you truly find pleasure and joy in it, you’re doing exactly what your body needs. As of recently, I haven’t enjoyed running, so therefore, I haven’t been doing it…at all. I could rant on for hours but, the best way to begin this (that I’ve personally found) is to become more and more in tune with what your body is telling you.
If you wake up sick and the idea of movement sounds like a joke, take the day off… with absolutely NO guilt. If you’re mid-way through your morning run and it just simply doesn’t feel enjoyable, give yourself permission to walk the rest, enjoy the scenery and give yourself a pat on the back for connecting with your internal cues.
We only get one body, so it’s our job to take the BEST care of it we can. By forcing strenuous, uncomfortable workouts on it constantly, we fall farther and farther away from a positive connection with ourselves. One thing I’ve found incredibly beneficial is no longer comparing my daily movement to those around me or someone on Instagram. Sure, this time last year I may have felt a tinge of guilt seeing the girl running past me as I walk along the trail, but today, I can confidently say that listening to and honoring my body is way more rewarding than a long run ever was.
I hope this helps you come to a place where you put how your body feels first over anything else. What they do for us everyday is pretty remarkable and nothing to take for granted! So, today and everyday ahead, I hope you can trust, honor, respect and love that amazing, powerful body of yours!