Exercise is a heavily saturated area of the health and wellness industry – there is just so much information out there about it. And a lot of it is conflicting.
The challenge is deciphering what is right and good for you; and what is misinformation – or even mythinformation!
But one common factor everyone can agree on is how essential movement is. And in this sedentary day and age I think we could all use a little more movement. Or at least a little more diversity of movement.
Mindful Movement – the new way to exercise?
Or is it the old way? We all know that exercise is beneficial to overall health and well-being; but some forms of exercise make me wonder how good they actually are for your body.
“Pounding the pavement” or “smashing yourself” at the gym isn’t really nourishing. We need to ditch the “no pain no gain” mentality, and start moving mindfully.
Don’t get me wrong, that harsh mentality can be beneficial, but just not every time we exercise. And certainly not if you are just getting moving again. Stressing the body should only happen in small increments when it comes getting active.
A basic principle is just to think natural. Exercises that work best are natural. Natural movements are movements that our bodies are designed to do, and that we would be doing if we weren’t stuck behind our desks all day. There is no expensive equipment needed when you’re moving naturally – that’s right, this is free.
Mindful Movements can be frequent – Inject your day with regular micro workouts.
One tool you can use to get started is to do lots of little movement sessions throughout your day. Moving often, in small chunks, takes up less of your precious time which means it’s easier to get over that tough motivational hump when it comes to getting up and working out. It’s so quick and easy that there is no time for excuses!
You can squeeze valuable bodily nourishment in at almost any part of your day – no matter how busy you are or what your particular circumstances are.
Moving lots throughout each day will keep you in A Wellness Mindset. Each mindful movement is a significant deposit into your health savings account, and it reminds you that you are striving to grow this account through every decision (and movement!) that you make.
This method causes less destruction, and more growth and cultivation within your system. Your body doesn’t get tired and sore – it simply feels energized, invigorated and worked.
I dare you; stand up right now and do a couple of mindful press ups or some air squats. Go on!
Some beneficial ways to move naturally are calesthenics – using your own body weight as resistance; yoga or stretching – which elongates and nourishes your system; walking, some running and sprinting; and dynamic tension – which uses antagonist muscle groups as resistance. Lifting heavy objects is also natural – when done properly with good form of course.
Moving Mindfully is safe; you simply cannot get injured if you are being mindful, aware and listening to your body.
This is a safe form exercise. Anything done mindfully is safer than absent-mindedly. This means you need to be consciously aware of your system, and use very controlled movements. Deliberately move, as opposed to moving for the sake of it – or moving just to feel the burn or ‘lose weight’.
We need to think outside the box too. It’s not about following a routine of X amount of reps and focusing on certain exercises (even thought that can help!) But there is a whole new movement culture out there.
For example check out this guy if you have Instagram. He most certainly moves mindfully on a regular basis!
Incredible. Here’s his website if you’re interested
Moving mindfully is the best way to exercise.
Dr. Mark C