Updated: Jul 11, 2019
It's always exciting to find your ideal fitness program. Between countless fitness apps, personal training choices, cutting edge gyms, DIY you tube videos, or just good old fashioned Forrest Gump cross country running, there is a lot out there to explore.
While many gravitate to fitness routines that can move into autopilot over time, finding a fluent and flexible program can keep you going and give you better long term results. I certified and taught aerobics back in the mid eighties, in the Flashdance fitness era trend of overdrive and high impact. Although I loved spending endless hours in gym, over time shin splints, major fatigue and burn out took its toll.
Today many, many moons later, I began to honor my intuitive understanding of my body. It was not easy to shift from all or nothing, no pain no gain, force fitness mentality into actually listening to my body. Yet when I did, everything changed. I began to shift into a gradual healthier mix of weight training, yoga, hiking, dance and so on that is more longevity focused. It was also more balanced and so enjoyable that I look forward to working out everyday.
If you hate working out or dread being active, that is a red flag that something is off. Plus your body is missing out on major advantages from being active. Is it you really not wanting to work out, or perhaps your body that is not wanting that choice of class or training? Most do not ask that question and wonder why they have injuries and constant aversion to their fitness commitments.
Good news is that no matter where you are in your love or less than relationship with your body or your fitness routine, you can always improve it. The first step is finding out where you are, so you can get clear on what you would like to change in your fitness routine. If major body acceptance issues, lazy wellness habits in general, self confidence or body shame comes up, intuitive coaching and energy therapy can help clear those for you to develop more body confidence.
One way to begin to clarifying what is right for you, is to notice when you think about working out or say you go to pack your gym bag or get dressed and notice resistance coming up, see if you can connect your awareness to what your body is asking for? Does it want to be outside instead of inside? Does it want to work with a trainer to help you feel more supported and accountable? Does it want to dance in a Zumba class instead of a weights class? You may be surprised at what your body actually wants to do.
Asking, listening and then acting from your awareness sounds incredibly simple. Yet as I stated before, most are not conscious about how their body is wanting to be active. To me if it is not fun, it is not worth it. For my fitness routine that means if I have my gym bag packed and am walking out the door to drive to the gym and get an awareness of my body pulling to be outside, I switch to my hiking shoes and take my workout outdoors.
When you begin to honor something as simple as that, not only is the workout better and more satisfying but you may also feel more alive (I know I do). For me doing a different workouts every single day keeps it all fresh and fun. You may love to be at the gym in a similar class several days in a row and if that is the case cool, that is your way.
As you stay intuitive about your fitness and healthy lifestyle habits, you will always be gravitating towards better and more appropriate choices to keep your body, mind and soul happy and thriving. What can you change up today to let your fitness be more fun, more productive and ultimately healthier for you?
Intuitive Wellness Lifestyle Coach Cathleen Miller
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