This may come as a surprise to some of you, but my life does not solely revolve around nutrition! Although I love food and the science of how it affects our bodies, I wanted to write a post on incorporating movement into your life as well.
Notice how I am using the term “movement” here rather than “fitness” or “exercise”. There is absolutely nothing wrong with using the terms fitness, exercise, working out, etc. In fact, I use those the majority of the time I talk about the topic of movement! However, for the purpose of this blog I have chosen to use the word movement. Here is why- oftentimes people say they do not have the time or energy to incorporate a workout routine into their day-to-day lives. I completely understand this! America leads a busy lifestyle and adding another thing to your growing plate can be stressful and intimidating. Fitness/exercise can often cause feelings of anxiety in people when they hear it, making them think they have to do a super intense, 60-minute workout every day to be considered “active”. This is far from the truth. When I use the term movement, I am referring to the entire spectrum of things you can do to stay active- from hitting the gym for a lifting session to taking your dog for a walk outside and everything in between. I find that busy people have a more positive reaction to this term because it does not imply they have to make a huge life/schedule change to make it happen.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that the average adult get “at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity, or an equivalent combination each week.” This is a good way to estimate just how much you should be shooting for on a weekly basis, but what is aerobic activity?
Enough exercise education, how can I make moving my body feel good and not like something I have to do? Well, the first thing to do is change your mindset:
The second thing to do is find activity that you really enjoy:
The most important thing to remember is that movement should be a positive thing in your life. If it is causing you stress, anxiety, or pain, please reconsider what you are doing and choose something that feels better physically and emotionally! Just like intuitive eating, intuitive exercise is something that should be a sustainable, natural, and beneficial part of your life!