Listening to your body to help you decide the movement you’re going to do is the way to establish and also sustain a healthy movement routine to maintain your fitness levels.
We are all managing our own difficulties, pressures, abilities, energetic state and mental spirit and no one right way of moving our bodies will be the same day to day or from person to person.
You may feel like running or a fast-paced workout one day, or some gentle Pilates or Yoga the next, you may feel your body needs a gentle walk, or you might be craving some connection so a group class online may be right for you. The key is to listen in and ask yourself how is your body feeling today? What level of energy are you working on right now?
The point is to take a moment to connect with how your body and mind are feeling and tune into it. That way you’re more likely to have compassion and understanding if your body needs something gentler rather than guilt or punishing yourself for not doing more than a walk. But, hey if you’re feeling more energetic another day – go for it and move in anyway it feels good to harness that energetic flow.
Find some movement that works for you, that you enjoy not dread. We should be wanting to move our bodies because it feels good not because we feel we should. If you’re not going to be seeing the immediate changes in your body from doing more movement, you at least want to feel it, to feel that serotonin positively impacting your brain. I personally know that running just doesn’t feel right for me, so I’m not going to do it because I think I should or because someone else enjoys it.
Also, make sure you are getting enough quality sleep. When you are not sleeping in sufficient amounts your motivation to be physically active drops away. Even if you are physically active, if you’re sleep deprived, the intensity of your workout won’t be as strong and you’re increasing your risk for injury. Conversely physical activity is a great way to enhance the quality and quantity of your sleep. That goes for healthy eating too, all of which are intrinsically linked.
Lastly, start small, if you haven’t run before and suddenly decide you’re going to run everyday do you think that level is sustainable over a long period of time? Can you keep that up? Try to think of a fitness routine that is long term. That fits in with your everyday lifestyle and its demands, as well as your current fitness level. Where do you see your fitness level in six months’ time? Work backwards to how you will get there? Rather than sprinting off the blocks.
Perhaps instead of thinking you’ll do something every day, why not set the goal of moving your body 3 times throughout the week? That way you get to choose as and when you do it and how much. Start small. Chances are you’ll do more than that because you enjoy the boost in serotonin, but if you don’t feel up to it you won’t feel so hard on yourself.
So, how are you going to check in on your body’s energetic state daily to enable you to establish and sustain a healthy fitness level?
About The Author
As a Nutritional Health & Well-being Coach, Victoria supports her clients in establishing and sustaining powerful positive lifestyle choices in easy small steps to make them happier, healthier and more in control of their health and wellbeing.
Victoria developed her passion for health and wellness after her experiences with eczema and discovering it was related to food intolerances. Health Coaching took her on her own journey of self-development and opened her eyes into the external factors that influence how we choose to fuel and nourish our bodies.
Through her coaching programmes, Victoria enables her clients to enter a journey of self- discovery by understanding health with a whole-health approach. Through a 100% personalised programme, Victoria works with you to introduce small and gentle adjustments to habits and routines, creating powerful long-lasting changes for your health and wellbeing.
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