Today I want to talk about health and fitness. Yes, The YOU Workout is all about working on the inner you, but your physical health and wellbeing directly effects this too.
Exercising or eating healthy can be a huge contributor to your self love and self care.
And let’s face it, you know the impact moving your body and eating nutritious foods has on the way you feel.
However, so many of us see ‘working out’ or ‘eating clean’ as a chore. Or, turn what should be a pleasurable experience into punishment and pressure through restrictive diets or extreme fitness plans.
Neither of which shows your self any love or care.
I fell into this trap for years, taking it from one extreme to the other.
It was only when I realised that the best way to stay fit and healthy was to focus on it being an act of self love and care, something to make me feel good and give me a sense of joy that it finally clicked.
So this for this ‘You Workout‘ I want us to focus in making movement and healthy eating a happy experience that aids us to be at our best.
1.Redefine exercising as moving
You need to love what YOU do when YOU ‘workout’. It doesn’t have to be going to the gym or running 5K. Take a moment now to think about what YOU enjoy doing that moves your body?
It could be as simple as dancing or walking. Then use that as your exercise moving forward.
Or if you’re not sure, there’s no harm in trying different classes to find out what feels good to YOU (we’re so lucky to have so many options out there today).
But, if the thought of classes gives you shivers, you can still try different exercise types through videos on YouTube. The world really is your oyster there.
For me, I do like the gym, but what’s important to me to ensure my movement makes me feel good, is classes with high-vibe music (so I love Les Mils). But sometimes I’m just not feeling that and prefer dancing round the kitchen or doing some yoga.
YOU shouldn’t have to force yourself to do anything so listen to your body, but just ensure YOU move every day and enjoy whatever YOU do.
No more excuses.
Movement makes YOU more energised. Movement makes YOU feel more confident. It not only helps your physical wellbeing, but also your mental wellbeing as well.
2. YOU don’t need to do an hour of movement but YOU do need to be present
We all have busy lives and some days the thought of trying to squeeze in 45minutes or an hour of exercising is just too much.
But being time poor doesn’t need to stop you.
Even if it’s only 3 to 4 minutes somedays, you’ll still get the benefits of moving too.
However, what is important is that you’re intentional and focused when your doing it.
Part of the benefits of moving (or any physical exercise) is that you are focusing on YOU.
So no, walking round the office on the phone doesn’t count I’m afraid.
Remember again that your movement is an act of self love and self care from now on so no matter what you do or for however long you do it for, give yourself the respect of paying full attention to YOU.
3. Consciously eat and love your food
I wish all diets were banned… I’m being serious.
You’re an adult and therefore know what is healthy foods vs less healthy options. I’m not going to start lecturing you here.
However, the problem I think many of us have is that we see food as just fuel or a comfort, instead of seeing it as another act of giving yourself some self love and care.
If you consciously stop before you make a food choice and think
Listening and tuning in to our bodies and what we truly need is something we don’t do enough. So today and for this week why not start approaching food with this different mindset.
And please note – I’m not saying starve yourself at all. In fact since I have been taking this approach I eat so much more but my weight always stays the same. What I mean here is if your in the morning coffee cue and your going for a piece of cake ask your body is this what YOU really want and need right now, or will the fruit salad next to the cake make YOU feel better.
Somedays it will be the cake, other days it will be the fruit salad… theres no rules or restrictions here. Instead it’s seeing what you eat as an act of self love and self care – not abuse, punishment or only fuel.
I’m really excited to let you know that we’re going to be working specifically on our Self Love even more in February with a ‘7 day Self Love Challenge‘ (well it is the month of love).
So keep an eye out on our social media (and on your emails if you have signed up to our newsletter) over the next week as we’ll be opening up registration very soon. Places will be limited so I don’t want YOU to miss out.
But for now, let’s just take the first step together and start seeing food and movement as an opportunity to show yourself love everyday.
And don’t forget enjoy,
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