So, after much deliberation/procrastination, I picked a topic for my first ever blog! Movement! Groundbreaking right? Not really and that’s the point. In my first blog I could have promised to reveal the secrets to attaining fitness. Or I could have shared revolutionary new weight loss tips.
I could have attempted to WOW you with credentials or my personal and professional experience. I could have explained my passion for fitness and my successes in turning others onto a healthy lifestyle. There are lots of things I could have done to try and get people to like or follow or do whatever you do with blogs. But, instead I want to keep things simple, real, and meaningful.
Instead I want to talk about moving. I love to move. Strip away the labels (which we can discuss in a different blog) like runner, cyclist, cross fitter, yogini. What you have left is a being that feels good when moving.
High intensity, low intensity, fast, slow, it doesn’t matter. Ultimately it’s not about the results and it’s not about the competition. Those byproducts are just bonus! Moving just feels good. Moving is liberating, empowering, and exhilarating. And if you don’t agree maybe you’ve just forgotten because you haven’t done it enough lately.
Think back to a time when you did move regularly. What kinds of activities did you enjoy? Did you like climbing trees, riding your bike, playing neighborhood games of tag or capture the flag? Did you ski or walk your dog or dance? Maybe you were into organized sports like soccer, or baseball, or gymnastics?
I just know from watching my two year old that moving is natural. I don’t have to ask him to do it. He doesn’t stop for much of anything, fatigue or hunger don’t even slow him down, he just powers through. The only thing that does slow him down is television or other electronics (that’s a topic for another blog too).
My point is we were born to move and I want to encourage everyone to reconnect with that simple but important concept. It doesn’t matter if you move solo or with a group. It doesn’t matter how lofty your goals are. It doesn’t matter what labels you have or aspire to.
If you used to climb trees try taking a hike. If you used to play tag, join a running club. It’s never too late to pick up an old hobby like dancing or skiing, and believe it or not I’ve seen people have great success learning new skills and sports.
Seek out the movement you love and do it as often as possible. No expectations or pressure. Just move for the fun of it!
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