Let’s do something radical today. Let’s toss all of our old ideas and opinions about what we believe about exercise right out of the window. Especially any negative thoughts we have had about exercise. Especially if those beliefs include things like: Exercise is hard work, takes too much time, there is no exercise that is enjoyable, that exercise is not even possible, or that exercise is a boring routine. Let it all go. Go all the way back to grade school gym class – those memories of being picked last or first for games and the pressure of competition. Whatever “exercise” has meant to you up until right now – let it all fall away.
We are even going to change the name of exercise. We are going to call it movement. And we are not going to call it “routine” any more. We are going to come to an understanding of how movement sustains us and helps us stay strong, clear and calm. Stand up and shake out all those old, outdated beliefs you have had about exercise (or you can do it sitting down). Shake it all out. Take a minute here and really shake!
And look, you are already moving! We can make movement a part of our day. A part we look forward to because we understand that movement is a loving thing we do for ourselves. Movement is an excellent way to care for you and to give yourself some love. It is also a great way to show yourself that you can depend on yourself as you show up every day for loving movement of your body.
The first thing we can to do to clear out all of our old beliefs is to find movement that is actually fun. Experts say 20-30 minutes, 3 times a week, minimum should be devoted to movement. I think that when we find things we really enjoy doing, it will be much easier to do them daily. If you have a medical condition or disability, please check with your doctor before starting any new movement plan.
If you are not sure what is fun to you then you are in a great place to research, try new activities and discover what works for you. There are so many places to start looking: Health and fitness centers, bookstores, online (youtube is a great resource for different types of movement), are among a few of your research options. Also think about what you enjoyed doing as a child. What was your favorite activity? It is extremely helpful to find a form of movement that you enjoy doing. This can keep you motivated.
Make a list. What new types of movement can you try? Is there a type of movement you used to enjoy and you stopped? Any movement is good. Don’t make a big deal out of it, just do it. Some people like a variety of movement so they are not doing the same thing every day. That is a great way to keep the boredom away from your movement plan.
Whatever you choose, keep pushing beyond all those old beliefs – push through any fears that you find. You can do it. And once you do, you will feel amazing. Keep showing up. Movement feeds us in every way.