I’m not a big fan of the terms “exercise” or “work out” because they have negative connotations. These words carry a lot of my emphases I had in my past on weight and shame.
I believe that they also have a select group of activities that are deemed appropriate. These are usually high calorie burning and high impact. For example, have you ever been told that you should run instead of walk because it’s “better for you”? I sure have. But you know what? It’s not better for everyone. It’s a high impact activity that can be hard on your body and for a lot of people, not enjoyable.
For years I would feel guilty for walking because I had been told I should run because it burns more calories and is supposedly best for me. But knee issues are prevalent in my family, and I don’t always enjoy running. There’s actually nothing wrong with walking and if I enjoy it more, chances are it’ll get me up and moving if I’m doing something I enjoy.
Mix it up, don’t let yourself get bored.
Climbing hills or stairs
Free weights at home or in a gym
Hula-hooping & other toys
Play a sport
Ditch the workout mentality and find ways that you like to move your body.
Now go do some enjoyable movement now, will you?
Share with us! We'd love to know in the comments below...
1. What’s your favorite movement?
2. What’s something new you want to try?
I'll go first...Right now, I LOVE yoga and hiking, or any type of movement outside.. I want to try stand-up paddleboarding, and luckily, I have a groupon to use for it. Maybe SUP yoga in the future too!