We recently talked about how decluttering can be a spiritual practice.
It may seem like a stretch, but taking this idea of releasing what no longer serves you into more areas of your life than just the things you own is a powerful idea indeed. We humans are creatures of habit. And some habits, especially the ones that don’t serve us, are quite sticky (hard to kick). It takes motivation and commitment to get off the couch, turn off the TV, and move.
The good news (besides the obvious benefits to our bodies) is that it feels really good to engage physically. Endorphins are real; when released as a result of movement we immediately feel better. This makes it easy to build new habits. We like to feel good! It turns out that this month is National Physical Fitness Month. Fancy that! Guess the US government is aware that May is a really good time to dust off and get moving. Let’s move into summer as active participants in our own well-being.
A note especially for my peeps—dynamic, empowered women in the third third of life: Physical fitness, and mental fitness (be a lifelong learner!) have delightful youthifying effects. Good respiration, good posture, elevated endorphins, all these show in your bearing and in your glow. At least as much, if not more, than all the pricey external potions and treatments we slather on ourselves.
Take an inventory of your physical fitness/wellness. Here are some helpful questions to ask yourself:
- Can I do what I’ve agreed to do (work, commitments) and what I like to do (dance, move, play) every day and feel good doing it?
- Am I strong enough? This is completely subjective and individual—varies with age, medical conditions, etc.
- Am I flexible? Can I reach in many directions with ease?
- How’s my stamina? Can I walk at a brisk pace for twenty minutes without getting winded?
- Do I regularly set aside time for movement and exercise? Three or more times a week, at least 30 minutes each?
- Is my fitness routine varied? Do I build endurance, strength, flexibility tone and core regularly?
Your answers to these questions will give you a blueprint to get started.
- Mix it up: walk in the outdoors, somewhere beautiful.
- Take a Pilates class (find your core and strengthen it).
- Dance (and dance some more!).
- Check out a Zumba class—fun!
- Do some intentional breathing work.
- Learn a martial art.
Whatever you choose to do, do it frequently and regularly.
Schedule your workouts and honor them on your schedule as much as you honor getting a haircut or having a hot date with your significant other. Get a fitness buddy. Or a mentor. Or a coach. Get accountability support. This is the only life you get. Enjoy it. Breathe. Move. And breathe again.