This third part of the mini-series explores the final three principles, which I believe are some of the most important. As with the earlier principles, incorporating these into your movement patterns can be difficult for some people. If you are finding this to be the case, you might prefer to begin by just increasing your awareness, rather than actively trying to change your thoughts or behaviours. There’s plenty of time and intuitive movement is a practice – not an achievement required by a given deadline.
Welcome to Part Two of the Intuitive Movement miniseries. I hope you found Part One helpful (if you haven’t read it yet, you can check it out here).
Were you able to practice the first three principles of intuitive movement? You may have chosen just to increase your awareness of the internal cues your body and mind offers you around movement. That is ok too. It’s important to recognise that there is no moral obligation for you to move your body – you are not a good person if you move, nor are you a bad person if you don’t.
If you’d like to continue exploring intuitive movement, here are the next four principles.
Welcome to the first part in a miniseries exploring intuitive movement. I hope you’ll find this article, and those to come, helpful in supporting you to reconnect with movement that best cares for you and your body.
There’s no doubt that exercise has become big business – gyms are popping up everywhere, thousands of people are completing personal training courses, workouts and “transformation challenges” can be purchased online, and the latest fitness fad is ever-changing. There’s no shortage of people telling us the “best” way to move our bodies, from highly credible and qualified exercise professionals to the concerningly less credible celebrities and Instagram fitness-gurus.
Among this sea of voices, it’s easy for the most important one to be drowned out: your own.
“If you are in recovery from an eating disorder and struggled with binging that led you to gain an unhealthy amount of weight, what is the best way to deal with the situation?”
This was a question sent to me as part of Libero Network’s ‘Ask an Expert’ column. It certainly wasn’t an easy one to answer – the topic is complex and the ‘best way to deal’ will be different for everyone. Overall – recovery from an eating disorder is always the focus; weight loss should not be.
See my full response over at Libero Network, here.
As part of my Ask An Expert column with Libero Network, I was asked: How do I develop a healthy relationship with exercise? I’ve been on both sides of the spectrum – over exercising and not exercising at all. I’m currently not exercising because I hate it so much, but I know my body needs movement. What should I do?
When I searched “fitness” in the App Store on my iPad, it came up with more results than I could scroll through. They ranged from apps that track your cycling information, calories, or weight loss to weekly challenges, and diet programs. I even found apps that use the idea of being chased by zombies as motivation to get up for your morning run.
With so many options, it can be difficult to know whether you should use an app, and if so, which one. There are some fantastic apps that help support you to move joyfully, eat intuitively, and foster positive body image.
Mid-last year (2014), I shared this post on my Facebook page about getting rid of their scales (I encouraged people to use them as a pinata!). Not long after, I received a message from one of my page ‘likers’ – Naomi. She told me she’d planned to get rid of her scales. Six months later, she’s still without her scales and hasn’t been tempted to get another set (yippee!!!).
This is a eye-opening article from Naomi about what she learned in the first couple of weeks of being scale-free.