In our perfectionism we often want to do things all-or-nothing; all raw or not at all; the perfect workout or none at all. If we don’t achieve perfection at our goals, we abandon them completely. Although a wonderful drive leading us to the best place possible in the long run, perfectionism can really hang us up and shut us down when we forget that we are imperfect beings living on an imperfect world!
I was doing great for a little while with 20 minutes of cardio a day, but then stopped entirely for lack of time and energy to be consistent with it. Today I connected with a new way of moving though. And I realized I don’t have to always do cardio. If you stop your normal exercise routine for whatever reason, just do something else! Cardio has a lot of benefits, but so do other types of movement. Just commit to moving every day. Do some floor exercises, leg lifts, stretches, whatever seems easy – to get yourself moving again; things you can even do while reading a book or magazine! That’s exercising outside the box!
How else can I exercise outside the normal expectations and lure myself into movement?
When I’m lounging with a book or magazine – I can read a few pages, then do a few sit ups.
I can read some more while stretching, doing leg lifts, and ankle circles.
Then do a yoga pose while I rest my eyes.
I can do this spontaneously without committing to any particular length of time.
This new approach turns exercise from a chore on the schedule to just a part of the joy of everyday living.
It integrates movement in to normal life – instead of compartmentalizing it out into yet another item on the endless “to-do” list.
I think this is yet another healthy way to bring movement and joy-in-our-physicality into our lives; developing a cat-like lifestyle.
Stretch when you wake up; stretch before bed; stretch between activities; stretch during activities; just one good long cat-stretch. This connects you with your body, and starts the engine running.
Who knows where it will lead!
The Garden Diet