Bulldozer remedy for health #4 includes exercise, rest and leisure activities. This post will focus on the exercise part of that.
Many people who I meet feel afraid to start an exercise routine if they have been in pain or haven’t exercised in a long time. I think that the key here is to first reduce one’s fear about it. Love your body as it is, and accept that you can make positive changes to continue to love your body. I know that is easier said than done, however, that love for your body reduces the fear of moving it and making changes. I had to begin by telling myself positive statements like this:
1. I want to move through the world a little bit easier. If I stretch and exercise, it will become easier to do this.
2. If I start small, breaking exercise into tiny components of movement, I know I can do this.
3. Every day, I will add a little bit more movement to my routine, and before long I will be moving easier and have more energy.
4. My body is beautiful as it is. Exercise will make it feel inside, as good as it looks on the outside, or even better.
I am a big proponent of positive affirmations. I focus on what I can do, not what I can’t. In the beginning of starting to exercise after being ill for so long, it took every ounce of energy I had, just to march in place for 3 minutes, or get my things together for someone to take me to the pool. I pressed forward. Before long, the exercise didn’t exhaust me any longer, and my body hurt less from stretching and strengthening the muscles, ligaments and tendons.
Now, my body needs exercise. It is like medicine to me. If I am hurting, going to the gym helps to turn it around. Sometimes that is from the rush of endorphins that I get, and sometimes it is simply from the act of moving my body, and sometimes it is both. It isn’t necessary to do it at a gym, but I enjoy that. If you don’t have access to the gym or don’t like that environment, just move your body while watching TV or listening to the radio. March in place, or lift your arms up and down. Look up some stretches online and add those into your routine. Use soup cans to lift to strengthen your arms. If the weather is nice, head outside for a walk or a bike ride. You’ll be surprised what you can do. I surprise myself all the time!
When I was very ill, many doctors told me that exercise wouldn’t help me. I believed them, just like I believed a lot of other things that they told me. They were very wrong. Even though I have daily pain that I deal with and a number of autoimmune diseases, exercise has become an essential part of taking back my health. It improves my mood and my general well-being. Remember, no matter what level you are at today, you can make positive changes through keeping your body moving. Show your body some love, and start today!
Wendy Love Edge