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  • Writer's pictureElise Johnson

Are You Craving Movement?

Updated: Apr 10






Husband and wife are enjoying a run together. They are looking at one another smiling.

Stress, hard work, and lots of thinking create tension in the body, which can lead to chronic aches, fatigue, tightness, and constipation. Many people attempt to alleviate these symptoms with caffeine, alcohol, and sugar, which ultimately worsen their unease and anesthetize the body. Exercise is a great way to release built up physical tension. Developing a regular exercise program to suit your particular body type and lifestyle will have numerous rewards! I can tell you this from personal experience! The challenge is to find the types of exercise you enjoy most, and then build them into your life.


WHAT TYPE OF EXERCISE WORKS BEST FOR YOU?


I always ask my clients the following questions when talking about the importance of incorporating movement into their lives:


  1. What did you love doing as a child? I loved riding my bicycle, running with my Dad, and roller skating. This is a great place to start when considering ways you can welcome more movement into your life. If it brings you joy, you will do it! If you are dreading the activity, you are much less likely to succeed.

  2. Do you listen to your body? Movement is similar to food. Once you know what type of movement is best for your body, you can simply put together a menu of activities to keep yourself in balance.

  3. What's your personality type? If you are more of a quiet person, or like me, enjoy alone time when exercising, you may consider purchasing a rebounder and a set of hand weights so you can enjoy moving in the comfort of your home. This is also a great way to continue moving when pollen is high or the weather does not cooperate. If you enjoy being around groups of people, you can join a softball or pickleball team, for example. The bonuses here are human interaction and fun competition!

  4. When do you feel the most energetic? Are you a morning person or a night owl? There is no right or wrong. This is simply personal preference and an example of bioindividuality. Consider which time of day or night works best for you and set up a date with yourself!

  5. When clients explain that they can't find the time, a good question to ask is, have you thought about convenience and comfort level? Have you looked for a park, gym, or yoga studio on your way home to or from work? Finding a convenient location is crucial. Equally important is finding a place and activity that brings you joy. Is it a pleasant place to be, filled with supportive people who bring and accept joy? These answers will greatly increase your chances of continually stopping there.


Remember that movement can take simple and modest forms. Getting off the subway or bus one stop earlier when safe, parking your car a little further from the store (safer done during the day), taking the stairs instead of the elevator, taking your children and/or dog for a walk, or loving yourself to take a brisk 30-minute walk every day will help keep you in good shape! My goal is to always get at least 10,000 steps per day. And, it's easier than you might think!


We know that movement is life and that your body will either get better at moving or at not moving, so please be sure to find a routine that will help you NOURISH yourself every day! Share with us what will get YOU moving! You can do this!


Until next time...


Be well!


Elise xo

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Apr 09
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Love the rebounder! Yes, what a great option for those who suffer during pollen season! 💖

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