By Belinda Morris
How do you frame your exercise?
Is it a must, or a “get to”?
Do you do it for fun, or for punishment?
My side life is teaching yoga and pilates classes, which means that I get to workout almost every day. But when I am moving in classes, my brain is firing, I am constantly thinking about what we are doing next, if people are following along, corrections I can make, what the vibe is like… You get it, it’s not super chill.
I get that it can be hard to get over that initial hump of getting moving. But truly, this is a time where anything is better than nothing
In the UK, the NHS prescribes exercise for mild depression before the prescribe medication. Isn’t that amazing?
Working out is so important to our bodies. We are creatures made to move.
And our brain loves to feel joyful! We get rewarded when we do things that are pleasurable.
So here is what I’m getting at: 𝐦𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐛𝐨𝐝𝐲 𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐥 𝐠𝐨𝐨𝐝 🤸♀️⛹️👯
Do pilates or yoga
Walk the dog
Walk with coffee with a friend
I work out for endorphins. I work out because if I don’t move for 5 days, I am genuinely a cranky + teary ass mess. I work out because I know my mental health counts on it, and that my body is an object that loves to be in motion.
And most importantly – never ever beat yourself up for where you are at.
If you’re moving, you’re winning
If you took time off and came back to it, you are winning
If you’re following an influencer who says you can only life weights or only run, unfollow them. Because that all or nothing attitude is what stops people from getting started in the first place.
Reconnect to a love of movement. Move primally, move foolishly (but safely), go to a class or do it at home.
But move like your life depends on it. Because it does. Up here 🧠 and in here 🧬🤸♀️