My exercise routine has gone through many changes over the years.
I started out a more traditional weight lifter.
I explored yoga and other non-weighted options.
I discovered my love of balance work:
I found my calm through walking:
Ive realized, more than anything, my body craves movement in the same fashion I live the rest of my life:
It knows intuitively what it needs/wants each day and, when I’m still and listen, it will tell me.
I’m over at Venus Williams’ place today talking about the power of intuitive exercise.
Eleven by Venus is, indeed, a client. The fact I have absolutely no workout plan and exercise based on what my body demands is all my own mishegas.
Runner Girl saysJune 10, 2015 at 4:40 am
I love Venus and I love you work with her.
Jamie Sellors saysJune 10, 2015 at 6:19 am
Its true tried balancing exercises really helped me then went on to try out armchair exercises which further improved my body as the pain l had when sitting had gone with the exercise l did sitting. Great post thanks.
lindsay Cotter saysJune 10, 2015 at 6:40 am
you know you are the one that made me start thinking this way, and it’s been a HUGE time management saver. Not to mention a great mental break from what society tell us. WYCWYC
Coco saysJune 10, 2015 at 6:52 am
I think I ignore my body’s pleas for yoga ….
Lauren saysJune 10, 2015 at 6:56 am
I love this. I set a fluid schedule in my mind but let the day tell me what my body needs. Some days a run sounds good. Sometimes my body tells me it needs to lift some weights or do some light yoga. I love this reminder!
Joanna @Makingmine saysJune 10, 2015 at 6:59 am
I’m still in the exploration phase I think. I’m still trying to find the balance between pushing myself out of my comfort zone vs. realizing I just really don’t like to do something
Dr. J saysJune 10, 2015 at 7:45 am
When I run, because of experience, I seem to always find the right pace for that day. Intuition! And I trust that.
Adela saysJune 10, 2015 at 8:54 am
Intuitive eating and exercise. I can dig it.
Laura @ Mommy Run Fast saysJune 10, 2015 at 9:02 am
This is such an important perspective. I thought I would love running marathons for years but my body this year told me it was done- or at least needs a long break, and it feels really good to do less!
Jody - Fit at 57 saysJune 10, 2015 at 9:33 am
Well… I do change things from my original plan in the gym if the body tells me too… or my mind… 🙂
Ashley @ A Lady Goes West saysJune 10, 2015 at 10:31 am
Hi Carla! Variety is the spice of life, in our workouts as well as everything else. It’s good to do it all over the years and see what feels right at the time! 🙂
Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs saysJune 10, 2015 at 10:41 am
Although training for races requires planning and scheduling, I love the time in between, when I’m not training, and I can just do what I feel like doing. Which fortunately is always something besides sitting and reading a book! Heading over to see Venus 🙂
Karen saysJune 10, 2015 at 12:05 pm
You are so right, if you listen, your body will tell you 🙂 Mine told me I need to work on balance and more flexibility. Trying to find small ways to introduce new things recently.
Your plan is working, you look great 🙂
Erin @ Erin's Inside Job saysJune 10, 2015 at 1:53 pm
I definitely agree with this. While I like running, my body doesn’t always. For a long time I tried to shove myself into certain molds and it wasn’t until I finally paid attention to my body that I found what it responded best to.
mimi saysJune 10, 2015 at 4:22 pm
Somehow i have to get in touch with my intuitive on this. At the beach, i have it, i want to get out and walk as long and as far as i can at sunrise and sunset. At home, everything seems too diffuclt.
Cat @ Breakfast to Bed saysJune 10, 2015 at 4:51 pm
I was about to say “I don’t think that’d work for me, because I like structure.” However, even though I like structure, unless I’m training for something, I pretty much play it by ear. Yes, I ALWAYS go to tea party Sunday’s at Crossfit, but there’s TEA. Other than that? It’s all about rotation and what I feel like doing that day. Today I felt like arms and traditional cardio (because I’m rereading a Christopher Moore, and want to do it while moving.) and tomorrow I may feel like jump roping with the Peanut and squats! Friday may be kickboxing. (ok, probably not kickboxing…they don’t actually let me hit people.)
Sandra Laflamme saysJune 10, 2015 at 9:58 pm
I do this with eating. People always ask me what type of eating plan I follow, its essentially intuitive eating 🙂
Deborah saysJune 11, 2015 at 9:09 pm
I haven’t done any exercise for yonks and even walking is problematic as I’ve gained so much weight but I felt melancholy the other day listening to some of the songs we used to dance to in my faux Zumba class. I miss jumping around to Nicki Minaj and the like and would like to get back into that.
Nicole saysJune 12, 2015 at 10:31 am
For the past couple of weeks I’ve been shaking my groove thing to Zumba. I love the energy, positivity, and the fact that I don’t think about anything else (work, etc.) while dancing!
Tina saysJune 19, 2015 at 2:08 pm
Beautiful! Motivating! Encouraging!
That’s what you are!
I will start going out for morning walks to start getting used to being a bit more active.
Anderson saysJune 30, 2015 at 11:20 pm
Your exercise routine really makes me impressed and there are not any doubts about the effectiveness of such exercise routine and i am eagerly willing to follow you. Thanks