I instinctively crave play-filled fitness.
I became an intuitive eater long before I tapped into the notion of intuitive exercise.
For some reason I was able to trust my body’s “knowing” with regards to food, yet was slow on the proverbial uptake with heeding its messaging about movement.
I created a workout plan. I followed said plain. Period.
I’d fallen in love. I never wanted to deviate from my plan to spend time with that love.
I felt strong and powerful when resistance training.
I ignored my body’s many cues to back off and rest from the weights.
It took another kind of love (the groovy kind. the child kind.) for me to realize the power of intuitive exercise.
- It’s how I already live. Mindfully. Daily. I start with meditation. I eat. I segue to work (where my approach is still mindful). Why would I change with exercise? With hindsight this makes sense. When I was in the throes of not deviating from my “program” no matter what it would have sounded crazy. When we’re honest with ourselves we know if we want to skip a workout because we feel lazy or our bodies need rest.
- Ive done the over-training thing…and it sucked. I didn’t know much when I first started exercising. I lifted weights and I grew. I lifted more more & more & I shrank (muscle) and held on (to body fat) and grew (exhausted, crabby, sleepless). If Id have known to be intuitive and listen to my body when I started Id never have over-trained.
- The older I get the more rest I require. This could just be me or it could be common, but all that matters is I heed my body’s signals. Sure, Ive been tempted to get caught up in internet hype. Challenges! Competitions! People exercising twice a day!! yet I force myself to stop, be silent and listen to what my body needs. Life is my sport. I might *look* better if I exercised longer/harder, but I wouldn’t feel better. Feeling good is my priority.
- I’m a rebel. Ive shed MUSTurbation in favor of trusting myself. Living intuitively is entirely about trust. It’s creating a life-routine comprised of doing/eating/whatever’ing a wide variety of things 100% because that’s what our bodies seek. Exercise is no different.
ahh over-trained youth.
None of the above means I intuitively love all exercise (although I’m more STEPS-smitten since I discovered pedometers).
It always means exercise, whether I’m sluggish or super-motivated, is never a punishment and always a gift to my body.
- Have you spent time exploring what your body *wants* with regards to movement?
- Have you stopped to consider your WHY behind exercise?