joyful movement can significantly enhance well-being by improving mental health, cardiovascular health, and bone health and by boosting energy levels.
note: I prefer to use the term “movement” rather than “exercise” because I feel that thanks to diet culture, the term “exercise” has been inextricably linked with weight loss and body manipulation, and I do want anyone engaging in physical activity for the sole purpose of burning calories.
we tend to have the perception that in order for movement to “count”, we have to sweat profusely, or reach the point of exhaustion, or be incredibly sore, or burn x amount of calories, or work out for x amount of time.
it’s easy to fall into this trap, and individuals with a history of obsessive exercise and disordered eating should be particularly wary of this.
ALL (JOYFUL) MOVEMENT IS BENEFICIAL. it doesn’t matter if you go on a walk in the sun, or dance it out, or lift weights, or do yoga. if you enjoy an activity and see it as a way to honor/take care of your body and mind (remember: self-care, not self-control), that’s amazing.
stop relying on external measures and numbers and instead focus on how a particular type of movement makes you FEEL. does it empower you, or drain you? it it fun? does it help you relieve stress, or does it add to your anxiety?
and ALWAYS remember the importance of rest. your body needs it. you do not have to adhere to a strict routine or “push through the pain”. #alexfoodfreedom