We all know that the body needs to move to be healthy and thriving, and for us to feel healthy and thriving. But so often, we get paralyzed by all of the information out there. Which way to move your body is best? Which is healthiest, which has hidden risks? The lists of blogs on these topics is ENDLESS.
So here’s the real answer:
The best movement for your body is the movement that is consistent and makes you feel good.
What, it’s that simple? Yes, it really is. There’s no point in you being a Crossfit champ if you drag yourself out of bed dreading your workouts. If running 5kms each day makes you miserable, it’s not your best option. If you have an injury that needs rehabilitation, then, of course, a slow, steady program is going to feel better than a boot camp.
There’s no point in you being a Crossfit champ if you drag yourself out of bed dreading your workouts. If running 5kms each day makes you miserable, it’s not your best option. If you have an injury that needs rehabilitation, then, of course, a slow, steady program is going to feel better than a boot camp.
Need some inspiration to get moving? Here are just a few ideas to get you started:
Walk your furry friend
My favourite, as it doubles as a meditation session. In fact, most of my best ideas have come while out on a walk with my staffie! If you need some puppy time, walking is the way to do it.
Ballroom dancing, latin dancing, hip-hop, dancehall, pole, belly-dancing. There are dozens of options out there in the dance world, and the music makes you want to move your body! Even dancing around the house counts as movement!
Need a cute friend date? Skip the boozy brunch and hit the hills. You’ll get your sweat on, get your dose of sunshine, fresh air, and nature. As a bonus, you’ll get healthier in the process.
Think you have no time to work out or get moving? Think again! I love to drop into some squats in the 2 minutes it takes for me to heat up a heat pack. Or I’ll smash out some calf raises while waiting in a queue to keep myself awake and keep the blood pumping. Any body-weight movement can be used in the right circumstances!
As an aunt, I have no shame in using my niece and nephews as a way to move. From running around after them and playing tiggy, to tossing them into the air (feel the biceps burn baby!), kids are a constant inspiration to move your booty.