Wow, these last few days in Texas have been a mixture of emotions. From welcoming the cold and the snow fall, to making the best of a stressful situation. The power outages in freezing temperatures to the lack of water etc. It has been challenging to say the least.
We were not ready for the immense cold and what came with it. Now that we have passed the worst my body is craving a lot more movement. My movement flows the rest of this week and maybe into next week will be more in-tune with the season we are in currently. For me personally this means, listening more to what my body is craving, and this my friends means slower, more fluid and deliberate movements.
I have said this many times, you don’t have to work out for an hour, somedays twenty minutes even ten minutes is enough. Listening to the body also means taking a nap if I or you need it. It’s all about balance and leaning in.
This my friends is self-care. It is exactly what I need in my body at this time.
I don’t typically share too much personal stuff online but I wanted to share this. This morning I woke up feeling off, just not myself. Not sure if it was anxiety, frustration or overwhelm or a combination of all three. At this point I decided to sit, relax and breathe. I allowed myself to feel all the feels.
I made myself a nice breakfast, I ate slowly and acknowledged all my senses. I gave myself some grace and about 2 hours later I moved my body in a restorative way. No crazy exercises just a gentle Pilates flow and it helped a lot.
There have been many studies showing that movement helps to improve moods. That saying movement heals definitely helped me today.
How has movement helped you?
I will share the flow in a few days on my You Tube channel so you will have it for when you are having one of those days.
I always plan or write out my workouts for the week on a Sunday night. I have been doing this for many years now. This has kept me committed, accountable and focused. However, every once in a while I lack that the motivation to workout.
I am sharing this to let you know that yep we ( trainers) have those days as well. I completely understand the ” lack of motivation” or “the just not feeling it today” mood. I get it! I also know, that sometimes just pushing yourself a little (with in reason, obviously if you are sick then rest) and by committing to exercising for ten or thirty minutes that day your mind and body will thank you and, you will feel so much better.
These shorter sessions can be as simple as going for a walk or dancing in your living room. They don’t have to be anything fancy, the key is to move. Remember movement heals.
Let me know in the comments some of your tips to get your workout in when its “one of those days”.