Mindfulness with Injuries and Moving the Body
I was injured recently and couldn’t run. So I had to find new ways of moving my body that kept me feeling equally as healthy, vital and alive. I’ve been a runner for eight years and have had several injuries (a feature of having a smart dog and a distracted owner. We often pull in different directions- I think we should keep running and she thinks we should meet the dog that’s 50 feet away).
I found when injured that hula hooping, sex, playing “Just Dance” on my Wii with my kids and walking around the neighbourhood all helped keep my heart and lungs, muscle strength, and mental health in shape. This kept me feeling happy and healthy while I healed from injuries. As an added bonus, I learned first hand that running wasn’t the only way to stay healthy or attractive (yes I am vain) and feel good!
So I’m inviting you to look at your thoughts around exercise/body movement and see if there are subtle or large ways that you could change them for the better?
For example: could you say,
“I’m gonna do five minutes of moving my body a day” whatever you feel like and then, often times, once you start moving your body you keep moving it. Remember from grade 8 physics: a body at rest tends to stay at rest, a body in motion tends to stay in motion.
Come up with a list of five to ten things that you
- A) like doing that involve moving your physical body
- B) you love doing cause it’s fun
- C) it makes you feel good.
Post it some place so it’s easy to see and to remember.
And then schedule in five minutes each day of your week–you could also start with 3 times a week and work your way up, be gentle with yourself, this is a process.
I find weekends the most challenging. Luckily my dog and my mood (ok mostly my dog-she is always enthusiastic for a new adventure and place to pee) keep me inspired/forced to love myself through movement.
Remember to be kind if you miss a day (life happens-sickness, busy schedules, the unexpected). Nobody is perfect. Just start up again the next day.
Get back to me and let me know how this goes. See if it changes things. See if it shifts how you’re thinking, feeling or moving through life.
If you have questions or concerns or you want some help during this brainstorming, scheduling, getting over your lack of momentum let me know, I’d love to help! You can leave a comment, connect on facebook or work with me–either way, let’s move these beautiful bodies of ours.