Move With Purpose Like A Tortoise.

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Thank God for the short-lived yet much-needed stretch of sunny days which we just experienced. I love being greeted by the bright light and its radiating warmth. I had the great pleasure of enjoying this limited time offer by heading outside to do some cycling and walking. I get so excited when I can throw on a comfortable shirt, shorts and a pair of runners. Also, can’t forget the backpack, music and bike.

Good to go.

I can’t remember a time when I’ve ever regretted the time spent being active. Never, ever. In fact, it’s an addiction because I feel myself withdrawing if I’m trapped indoors on a nice day. I just want more and more nature, peace and movement.

I like to vary the speed of my activities so that I’m never bored. For example, while walking I’ll switch the pace anywhere from slow to a light jog. It’s best not to keep it all the same, all the time because variety is the spice of life. The act of “changing it up” is an efficient and effective way of staying interested, burning calories and toning different muscle groups.

Making activity a natural part of your life is much easier than trying to commit to a specific place, day and time. If you are able to move freely then you’ve got everything you need to get started. You don’t need a membership or the latest workout gear to feel motivated. Begin to find joy in the everyday, simple movements which we take for granted. You don’t need to be a superhero and run the track non-stop 10 times over while killing yourself. There’s no joy and it won’t last long because that’s just not sustainable.

Remember, the tortoise and the hare? Even after all these years, the moral of the story still holds true.

People often ask if I work out and my answer is always, no. I choose to be an active participant of life which means I find plenty to do without feeling obligated to move. It’s nearly impossible to gain a love for motion when you’re dreading every moment of it. When we fully maximize what we’re already doing, then it will create forward-moving momentum. For example, there are many things we can do to improve how we take our steps or the way we breathe.

There are things which are simply out of our control yet there is a lot that we can influence. After many trials and tribulations, I’ve learned how to navigate through the obstacles in a more wholesome way. There was a time when I was a lot less at peace with myself and it felt like no real breakthroughs would ever happen. I believed that progress wasn’t possible unless I did things perfectly. If I ended up binging on sugar, I’d beat myself up as a failure which only made me feel worse. A truly vicious cycle. That’s just one small example of how we are capable of sabotaging our efforts. Over time, I accepted that there would be the need to over indulge, especially during times of hormonal shifts.

I’ll leave you with this quick mindful practice which you can try. Start performing regular check ins by paying attention to your body’s sensations. Our physical self is in constant communication with us as it sends messages and signals. It’s up to you to heed the call and take a proactive approach rather than to ignore and carry on. If this means going to sleep at an earlier time or getting up from your desk to stretch your body. It’s never okay to consider your health as an afterthought to X, Y or Z.