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Freedom to Move

on March 10, 2016

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Remember the days when people were more active? Not very many people belonged to a gym, and programmatic workouts were generally for athletes, not for everyone. Daily life kept everyone moving and engaged, not just tied to computers by day and treadmills by night.

Times have changed, for better or worse, and with that change we have lost spontaneity of movement. We are so busy with our lives, checking emails, reading texts, that by the time we think about our workouts, we’re spent. We have a go-to workout that we scramble to finish or a machine we jump on for a hamster wheel session, (that is if we even have time to squeeze activity in).

I don’t know about you, but I often need a break from the mind-numbing approach to exercise. Counting reps and sets or making sure to get a certain amount of time in takes its toll after a while. I’m ready to put some fun back into moving my body. Who’s with me?!

Exercise doesn’t have to be compartmentalized and boring. We don’t have to do any more preset routines if we don’t want to. The key to staying fit and healthy doesn’t lie on Pinterest, or in a magazine or book. We hold the key to movement inside of us.

The lifelong secret to staying healthy and fit is to find something active that we enjoy doing and to keep doing it….period. Surely, we can find at least one activity we enjoy doing that moves our bodies. I can rattle off a bunch of activities, like walking, biking, swimming, playing with your kids, dancing, playing tennis, golf, martial arts, or any other activity you can think of. None of those are technically workouts, but they are fun, engaging, and definitely count as exercise.  There is something out there for everyone, so all you have to do is look within and find what you like to do to stay healthy. Feel free to take up a new activity or switch it up constantly.  Join a walking group, play racquetball at the local Y, do yoga in your bedroom, or dance in your backyard. The idea is to keep the blood moving and the boredom at bay!

It’s such a shame to look at what exercise can been reduced to. Even the word workout has work in it! Now, don’t get me wrong. Workouts can be fun and they do serve a purpose, but we don’t have to be slaves to them. I personally love my workouts and try to get a few in during the week to cover my bases, but I leave myself open to spontaneous exercise on the weekends, or whenever my body and mind need a break from repetitive exercise. That way I never get bored!

Exercise should be fun and enjoyable. You should find that it takes your mind off your problems and helps you shed stress. It doesn’t have to be incredibly hard and you shouldn’t dread it. Actually, the best way to engage in it is with lightness of heart and a true fondness for movement. So, mix it up and start enjoying activity again.

It seems we’ve gotten too far from true health and fitness. Being healthy isn’t about having a perfect body, doing a particular workout, or being able to do the most push ups. It was and always should be about taking care of our personal health and well-being. It’s time to stop beating ourselves up with countless burpees and start moving because we feel good doing it. Find activities you really enjoy and that make your body sing. You’ll gain so many more benefits than you do from engaging in the exercise of repetition alone.

 

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2 responses to “Freedom to Move

  1. DaisyWillows says:

    Thanks for that reminder.I exercise everyday to ministry of sound and other club dance workouts. I know I don’t look like those girls but I have fun trying 🙂

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