Movement and exercise isn't about looking better, it's about feeling better. Read that again.
can I tell you a story?
I was that girl.
That girl who looked in the mirror and saw someone who wasn't enough.
I wasn't thin enough, strong enough, pretty enough...
I hated my body in so many ways.
I punished it by under eating, overtraining, trying all the fad diets so I could fix it...
Because when I was thinner, stronger, had a bigger butt and my abs were more defined, then everyone would look at me and think I was enough.
And because I would be enough to them, I would be enough to me too.
So I stood on a competition stage in the world's tiniest bikini at 8% body fat, loaded with muscle and asked a panel to tell me if I had won...was I enough now?
They compared me to dozens of other women and then they said you are second to enough, third to enough, fifth to enough...
And I had a complete meltdown.
I felt rundown, exhausted, my body had been in pain for months, begging me to eat something other than chicken and rice and to take a freaking rest day from the training...
so I listened...and I didn't train in the gym for a long time.
I took a look at what I was putting myself through physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, and I made a big change.
I decided I wanted my body to be my friend.
When I was ready to start moving my body again I tried yoga, kickboxing, cycling...I starting doing it FOR me, not to FIGHT me.
And that's when everything changed...
I realized that movement and exercise wasn't meant to be a punishment or to get to me took a certain way, it was all about the way it made me feel.
In the past the gym had been my happy place, a place where I released stressed and HAD FUN. I wanted to find that again.
Movement is medicine for the body, and it can heal you if you let it.
what do you mean movement is medicine?
Movement lowers the levels of our body's stress hormones, cortisol and adrenaline.
Moving our body releases a feel good hormone called endorphins, the body's natural painkiller, which makes us feel good and gives us a boost of optimism paired with a relaxing effect post workout.
Movement is meditation in motion. when you are exercising you are out of your head and into your body, in tune with it's rhythm and movements.
Movement improves your mood by increasing self-confidence, improving sleep, cognitive function, and lowering stress levels.
When was the last time you thanked your body for keeping you alive?
When was the last time you looked in the mirror and appreciated everything your body does for you instead of being mad at it for the way it looks?
We judge our bodies over and over again while they are working 24/7 to keep us living on this planet...sounds like we're being pretty ungrateful, right?
check this out...
I want you to know what it's like to BEFRIEND your body. So I created a free challenge to get you moving TODAY!
This is NOT a workout program!
It's a challenge to move your body everyday for just a few minutes because you want to feel good, to release those endorphins, lower stress levels, and improve mood and sleep, along with so many other body healing benefits.
My free 21 day movement medicine challenge is happening right now over on IG!
3 moves, 3 rounds, for 21 days.