Movement. We do it every day. We move to get out of bed, go to the car, eat etc... but the movement I want to talk about today is exercise ( it sounds less daunting when called movement.). How much do we need, what kind is best?
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, it recommended that the average adult " Get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity" or a mix of the two. It is also recommended we do strength training at least twice a week. ( recommendations from mayoclinic.org)
I am sure many already are getting your movement/activity in every week -way to go!!
The question I want to pose today is ... Are you loving your exercising? Or are you simply getting it done because you have been told its good for you, or so you can check it off a list? Although getting some kind of exercise as opposed to none is good, how much more of a benefit would we get if we loved the way we chose to exercise, and went in with an excited positive attitude?
Here is my story:
I have always loved to exercise! I have found over the years that I am not real thrilled about stationary anything ( I do most my exercise outdoors), or doing the same form of activity all the time - I get bored! (I rarely do the same thing two days in a row). Running and walking, with a little yoga have been my constants; but this year I added biking and swimming. I do enjoy all the above listed activities, but my all time favorite is dancing.
For years, I was a competitive Irish dancer. November of 2015 was my last competition. Although I knew I would miss it, I also knew it was time for a different focus. I decided I wanted to learn ballet. I emailed my daughters ballet school, and explained that Yes, I know I am quite a bit older than everyone at the school, but would they allow me to learn ballet from the beginning? They got right back to me and let me know that I was very welcome to join classes. I was very excited! My first day of class, I walked in and noticed I was a little taller than most my class. ( I am only 5'2" myself). I walked to the barre and asked the little girl next to me how old she was. Her reply? "Nine". That explained a lot. I just thought to myself, oh well, I want to learn. Because of previous dance experience, the instructors did move me up to my current class, made up of mostly eighth graders. And I am LOVING it. I look forward to every class and know I am getting more flexible, learning to use my core for balance, and move beautifully across the floor. My point?????
Do What you Love!
By finding ways to get your movement, in ways you enjoy, your mind and body will thank you. It won't be a dreaded drudgery, and a time where you find every excuse of why you just can't exercise. You will begin to look forward to it. Remember, we are all different. Just because one person can run 30 miles on a Saturday, doesn't mean that's the right path for you to take. Don't ever compare. It doesn't matter your age, size or anything! You find what works for you and own it.
Try experimenting with new forms of activity that you haven't previously done. Think back to what you completely enjoyed when you were younger. Be creative. Why not love your exercise time and look forward to it? You deserve it. You deserve the better sleep, more relaxed, feeling great you. We need the movement to keep our bodies healthy. We have been blessed with these awesome bodies so lets take care of them. Whether you want to call it exercise, movement or activity, it all does the same thing - keeps us balanced and healthy.
I would love to hear the ways you love to move.
Wife, mom and Health Coach. Lover of life and learning. (and my dog Steve)