Recently Sunny and I were having a conversation about the important role that moving our bodies has played in both recovery and in our overall sanity with food and our bodies in general. The idea that exercise promotes health and well-being makes clear sense, but sometimes the word “exercise” or “working out” has the potential to get intimidating or set up an almost diet mentality, except in activity-form. Example: “Oh man, I havenâ€™t worked out all week! Iâ€™m tired and lazy. Guess I thereâ€™s no use in going today.”
I also think I shy away from directly talking too much about exercise because it can mean so many different things to people and worry that it could potentially have sensitive associations (ex: a binge-exercise cycle or something along those lines). As much as this may be the case, itâ€™s pretty clear that moving your body is important to both feeling good mentally and physically. As Sunny pointed out to me during our conversation, some kind of movement is usually part of a comprehensive plan towards recovery. The way she described it as movement really struck me and helped me to think about it in perhaps a better way.
I really likeÂ referring to it as “moving your body,” because that can mean a whole lot of different things that can be helpful. We are all so different and finding something that you like and makes you feel good is so much more powerful and effective than just doing something because so-and-so told you itâ€™s good for you…or will give you flatter abs, or whatever. I think in terms of getting sane with food, your self and your body, sometimes taking away the pressure of “I need to work out this exact way, to attain these specific fitness goals, so I can look this specific way,” can sometimes be more daunting than anything else.
In my experience, I have found that itâ€™s really about finding the balance between what feels good and what you can see yourself doing on a regular basis and not getting too obsessive over it. Sometimes the last thing I want to do is go to a gym and work out really intensely, and somewhere along the way it has been drilled into my head (incorrectly) that Iâ€™m not really exercising unless I go really hard. Sometimes I end up not doing anything at all because of this! (So silly). By switching my mentality to just finding something that is just moving my body, it can really help motivate me to finding a healthy alternative that I enjoy.
Some alternate (from a gym) ways I like to move my body:
-Walking around my neighborhood or a pretty/interesting place (alone, with a friend, or with an animal)
-Hiking in the hills nearby, or on a trail (I hardly feel like Iâ€™m “exercising”)
-Dancing! (Putting on some tunes and rocking out can be really refreshing and good for the soul.)
-Jumping rope or hula hooping (I felt silly at first, but itâ€™s actually really fun!)
-Doing a workout video in my room (or finding one online)
-Biking to do my errands instead of driving
-Baby-sitting my 2 year old cousin (she keeps me running around)
-Jogging to meet a friend for coffee/tea
Do you feel like moving your body is an important thing for feeling good? Do you ever get tripped up by putting too much pressure on it? -Morgan
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