Are you sick and tired of people telling you what to do?
We are constantly being bombarded with media messages...what we should eat, how we should workout, when we should workout, what we should wear to the gym?
What if I told you that you could form a better relationship with your body and actually start loving your workouts again?
Welcome: Intuitive Movement. Intuitive Movement is a concept that you can sweat anywhere, at any time, doing whatever you want. It's about listening to your body, what your body actually likes doing. With that mind+body connection, you will de stress, lower your cortisol levels thus (if this is your goal of exercise) aiding in the release of body fat.
Regardless of what your weight loss or weight gain goals are, intuitive movement will help you foster a healthier relationship with your mind, body and spirit you can carry with you off of your mat, outside of the gym or when you take your sneakers off.
Intuitive movement as a concept comes from the book Intuitive Eating by Elyse Resch and Evelyn Tribole based on the science that when you eat when you're hungry and stop when you're full, intuitively, you can maintain a healthier relationship with food and your body.
We transferred the idea to movement, because we believe working out doesn't have to be so stressful, it doesn't have to be punishment for anything and it can be fun, convenient and effective.
Here are the principles of intuitive movement:
1. Connect to your intuition
To move intuitively, you have to connect to your intuition. Begin a daily meditation routine, set aside 10 minutes or so to sit in a cross-legged seat somewhere and close your eyes. Bring awareness to your breath and focus on your inhales and your exhales in your body. Now ask your body, how are you feeling today? Are you tired? Energized? Do you want to stay inside or run outside? If you’re short on time, try this simple exercise. After lacing up your sneakers, put one hand on your heart and one and on your belly. “Drop-in” and listen to how you’re feeling, take a body scan of if you feel any aches and pains before working out, and see what it is you really want to do (remembering there is no rule on what workouts you can and can't do).
2. Sweat every day
We all know that daily exercise is important. According to the Mayo Clinic, daily exercise can control weight; and prevent conditions such as stroke, Metabolic syndrome, High blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, Depression, Anxiety, Many types of cancer, Arthritis and even prevent falls in some individuals.
Plus, it releases those feel good hormones (endorphins) which boosts our mood.
The Mayo Clinic recommends at least 150 minutes per week of aerobic activity (walking, swimming, biking, vinyasa-yoga, running, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), hiking, etc.) and strength-training at least twice a week for all body parts (HIIT, Weight lifting, power-yoga, yoga-sculpt, pilates, etc.)
So get out there and sweat, every day.
3. Have fun
Above all else, have fun.
Today it’s rare we have any “play time “ anymore, so invite some of that playfulness into your workout routine. Release judgement or anxiety over what society tells you to do, what you’ve been conditioned to believe about working out. That it must be done a certain way, at a certain place for X amount of time.
Allow yourself to truly enjoy your workout and thank yourself for taking the time out of your day to tend to your mind, body and soul.
Watch the changes that happen in your body when you start moving intuitively.