There is almost always more than one way to accomplish anything. With movement that is certainly true. When we define movement as any activity that moves our bodies, we can see that there are nearly endless possibilities. We can also come to an understanding that there are countless opportunities for incorporating movement into our days. If your current form of movement is not working for any reason, simply change course. If you do not like what you are doing, you most likely will not continue to do it. Find something new and exciting to do. But most important: Keep moving.
Decide for yourself – what do you enjoy? Just about everyone has opinions and their own ideas about what movement should or should not be. Do not listen to others. (The exception is your doctor – if you have a disability or medical condition, please do consult and listen to your doctor.) What works for one person, may not work for another. We are all very unique in our preferences and lifestyles. You know better than anyone what you like and do not like. Instead of allowing others to tell you what to do, observe what others are doing. If you think you might like it, try it. But do not let others tell you what you “should” be doing. It is your body, and it is your movement plan. Take ownership. Guide yourself. Find what makes you feel fantastic. Do that first.
No matter what kind of movement you choose, remember that whenever we incorporate regular activity into our lives, we are taking good care of ourselves. We are moving closer to overall mind and body fitness. Finding a movement plan that fits your lifestyle is very important. It does not matter what you do, as long as you do it. It is important that you take your movement plan seriously. When you find something you enjoy, do it. And do it regularly. Get serious about giving yourself some fun movement experiences.
Movement has some really great side effects. One is that with regular movement and experience, comes confidence. As we continue to develop our movement programs daily, we grow more confident. We become familiar with all of the aspects of the type of movement we enjoy. This enables us to relax and enjoy it more. We stop double checking ourselves and asking ourselves if we are doing it “right.” The more we move, the more comfortable we will be with movement. Just like anything, practice makes perfect. The more comfortable you are, the more confident you will be.
With experience, we can begin to realize that just by showing up and doing what we enjoy doing – we have strengthened our bodies and given our minds some clarity. When we show up for ourselves on a regular basis, we strengthen our trust in ourselves. And that increases our self-confidence. Confidence is a great side effect of movement. Give yourself a big dose today.