In my past, I've had a very unhealthy relationship with working out. I came from a place of needing to burn calories, judging myself, comparing myself to others, and so on. Although working out is a form of self-love and self-respect, I was turning it into a body hate experience.
A few weeks back I was at a yoga class and now that I have an entirely new relationship to moving my body I was able to guide my way through this yoga class with love and only love...
I want to share with you 5 ways to move your body with love.
1. Do not look in the mirror while you are working out. This only sets you up to judge yourself, body check, talk shit about yourself, and obsess over what isn't as fit as you wish for it to be. You are living in a complete negative mindset which defeats the purpose of moving you body in the first place.
When you avoid the mirror you skip all the negative self talk and you are able to be present to what you are doing. In my case, I was able to flow with love instead of hate.
2. Do not compare yourself to others. Looking left and right could be extremely damaging. The second you start wishing you had the woman's body next to you is the second you lost yourself. You are now in a spiral of thoughts. You start thinking of your next diet, how much weight you need to lose, how much more working out you need to do, and you literally start thinking as if the woman next to you in better in some way. The best way to avoid comparing is to NOT look at all. Keep your eyes on your own mat.
When you do not compare yourself to other women in your workout classes or at the gym, or anywhere this may occur. You are putting yourself first. Not even giving the time of day to look left and right is so extremely loving to your mental health as you will skip out on all the negative self talk as mentioned above.
3. Listen to your body and give it what it's asking for. In the past, I would never listen to any body signals. My only thought during as workout was if you are not ready to die by the end of your workout then you are not working hard enough and the workout didn't even count. Now that I'm in a loving space with moving my body I listen to what my body needs. So for example, as I was in this yoga class, when my body was asking for a rest I would go into child's pose and take a minute to recover. I wanted to push myself but I also wanted to enjoy the class. When my body told me to stay strong, I did, when it told me to rest, I did.
4. Don't judge your workout ability. If you are a beginner, intermediate, or expert with working out, never judge yourself for your level. All that matters is that you are moving your body in the first place. When I was in my yoga class, I didn't judge myself for not going as hard as I use to. I gave myself a break and allowed myself to enjoy the class instead of talking shit to myself the whole time. The experience is beyond more invigorating + so much more loving when you just listen to your body + allow without judgement.
5. Choose movement that you ENJOY. I repeat this so many times through my message to the world. You never ever have to move your body in ways that you do not enjoy. If you hate to run, don't run. If you love to hike, please hike! If you hate spin, don't spin. If you love yoga, do yoga. If you love walking, playing a sport, or all of the above and in-between, just do that. Moving your body is not a punishment. It's a gift. It's endorphins. It's respecting and loving yourself + your body.
This week: Figure out what you LOVE and only do that. Trust me, it will change the way you think about working out. See it only as moving your body with love, not with hate.
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