Intuitive Movement: The Miniseries (Part 2)

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.

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Intuitive Movement: The Miniseries (Part 1)

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.

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Fitness Apps: The Good and The Bad

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.

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Learning to Love to Run Again

This is a beautiful guest post by Judith Bowtell from Albany Lane.

At some point in my life I lost the joy of running.

As a little kid, I am sure I loved to run. On grass, on sand, in the park and playground.

I would have loved to have been chased by big brothers and sisters, by cousins who maybe occasionally let me win. I would have played chasey and hide and seek and keepings off. All these games involved movement and running: unconscious and spontaneous.

Then at some point I stopped wanting to run. It became uncomfortable or I became self-conscious. I developed breasts and hips and thighs and running was no longer fun.

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Exercise Challenges – Why?

This post is co-authored by Andrew Dowler (AEP, ESSAM) from Move EP

We’re sure you’ve seen these exercise challenges floating around the internet and gyms, such as:

  • 300 sit-ups in 30 days
  • 250 squats in 25 days
  • 100 push-ups non stop

They’re really interesting, like most things in fitness there are good and bad elements to these challenges. Depending where the individual is coming from, in terms of physical fitness and mind set, they can be pretty cool, or downright dangerous.

Let’s take a look at the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

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Fitness Programs: Pros and Cons

High intensity interval training. Zumba. Weight lifting. Circuit training. Long, slow walks. Yoga. Group fitness. Running. Obstacle courses featuring lots of mud and occasional electric shocks.

Fitness can be a little like fashion sometimes; it moves through phases and fads. Sometimes this is based on progressions in scientific research, other times it’s just money making tactics.

I get asked a lot about what the best type of exercise is; my answer is always the same: whatever type you enjoy. I also think that ultimately, any safe form of movement is good movement, so try not to get too caught up in what the ‘best’ type of exercise is.

But if you’re feeling a little confused by the variety of fitness programs, here’s a simple breakdown of the pro’s and con’s of some of the most popular.

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