Exercise Habits | Move Your Body Everyday
Updated: Jan 31, 2020
"Exercise is a celebration for what your body can do, not a punishment for what you hate." - Women's Health UK
I often get asked what I do for exercise. I want to be as transparent and honest as possible because exercise can be a very tricky topic for people.
DO YOU HAVE A LOVE-HATE RELATIONSHIP WITH EXERCISE?
You're not alone. Many of us have a sticky, uncomfortable, and maybe dreaded feeling toward exercise. I have always felt like a duck-out-of-water in a gym. The equipment was intimidating, and I always felt like people were judging me. News Flash, I never have gotten over these uncomfortable feelings. Maybe you feel the same way about hitting the gym? Many times exercising feels like a chore, something we "have" to do. Let's face it, who likes homework or chores?
MY #1 EXERCISE SECRET IS TO MOVE MY BODY EVERYDAY
Moving your body doesn't mean taking an hour-long spin class or running 5 miles. Although if that calls to you and makes you feel good, GO FOR IT! It means just move in some way for a minimum of 20 min a day.
DO WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD
I have always loved being active in some way. I grew up as a tomboy running around the Utah mountains behind my house. That pretty much set the tone for the rest of my life. In High School, I danced on the dance team. In my early twenties, I craved the fluidity of dancing, so I started Yoga. It makes me happy, and I feel good when I move my body.
My typical exercises consist of a combination of Yoga, walking, hiking, and calisthenics.
It doesn't matter how you move your body as long as you move every day.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE INJURIES OR MOVING IS DIFFICULT?
If you haven't been in the habit of exercising often, then chances are it will be challenging at first. You will be using muscles that are weak from sitting. Maybe you have physical limitations, like illness, injuries, or a bad back and knees.
ACKNOWLEDGE, ACCEPT AND HONOR WHERE YOU ARE TODAY
Our bodies change from day-to-day. One day you could feel physically fit, and the next day you are feeling under-the-weather.
Tune in to your body. Acknowledge, accept, and honor where you are and how you feel today.
DO WHAT YOU CAN, NOT WHAT YOU THINK YOU "SHOULD"
I'm no stranger to injuries. I do not run or do any impact aerobics because I have a degenerated spine and cartilage missing in my knees. Due to having my arm reconstructed after an accident, I have limited mobility, which limits my exercise. I work with what I can do.
TAP INTO YOUR SPIRIT, CLEAR YOUR MIND BY MOVING YOUR BODY
DO WHAT RESINATES WITH YOUR SPIRIT
WALK: Moving your body is a fantastic way to slow down the chatter in your mind and tap into your spirit. I walk every day outside for this reason. I am present in nature while feeling my breath flow and my body move.
YOGA: I practice Yoga every morning at my home. Yoga allows me to connect to the mind, body, and spirit through my breath. It forces me to slow down and be present in the now. Yoga also keeps my spin and knees healthy so that I can live pain-free.
HIKE: I draw peace and strength from nature. I feel connected to mother earth and spirit among the grandeur of nature. I hike at least once a week (usually on the weekend).
CALISTHENICS: Good old fashioned calisthenics builds my cardio and muscle strength. I use my body weight for resistance. Three times a week, I will do basic, knee push-ups, sit-ups, lunges, tricep dips, squats, etc.
WHAT FEELS GOOD TO YOU?
Tap into that. Be grateful for every day you GET to move your body. Because mobility is a gift (I have learned is not always there), so treasure it every day.