Whether you love it or hate it, physical exercise is something every body needs. Some people love exercise and can’t get enough, others hate the very idea, and struggle to get started. If you aren’t a regular exerciser, you probably think you should be, and might wish you loved it the way other people seem to. You know it’s good for you, but you’ve got a million other things to do. Right?
We are focusing on exercise today, not to applaud you if you love it or shame you if you don’t but to encourage you to consciously consider it in a new light.
I have exercised or worked out in one way or another since I was in my early twenties. I tried a lot of different things, some of them I hated, some of them felt really good to me. I found it easy to do the ones that felt good. And then I got bored with them and moved on to something else. In those days, I exercised mostly because I had a strong desire to stay in shape, so I could wear the clothes I wanted to and feel good in them. (My passion for fashion helped keep me in shape!)
After decades of running and weight training, just when I least expected it, the humble hula hoop rolled into my life and I was off and hooping. This time it didn’t feel at all like exercise, though it was quite a workout. Hoop dance is an embodied movement practice, and to me, it is a pleasure.
Here’s what I know about exercise. If it isn’t enjoyable, regardless of how good you think it is for you, the results will be less than optimal. Your body balks at being pushed into doing something you hate. Exercise, to be truly life enhancing and sustainable, needs to feel good to you. If you are aligned, body, mind and spirit, with your exercise or movement practice, you will feel good doing it and look forward to your next session.
Goddess of Now
The Goddess of Now says exercise is one of the best ways to honor and celebrate your bodily temple. Find a movement practice or form of exercise that allows you to experience the pleasure of the body in motion. Grace is dependent on strength, and as you strengthen your body, you naturally begin to inhabit it in a more feminine way.
The Goddess says exercise doesn’t need to be a formal thing, if that doesn’t appeal to you. Put more energy and enthusiasm into whatever activities you are doing, with the intention that being active keeps you healthy, and positively affects your body. Simple things like making the bed, doing the laundry, or turning on some music and dancing around the house, count, too. Integrate more activity into your everyday life. Park a little further from the store. Take the stairs. Run with your dog, instead of walking. Celebrate your physicality in any way you can think of! Your body will thank you for it.
The Goddess encourages you to set positive intentions, and imagine your body in an optimal state. This can do wonders for becoming fit and maintaining a glorious level of wellbeing.
Imagine your body at the height of fitness.
See your body in its most ideal state.
Feel yourself standing in that version of your self.
Notice the feeling of strength.
See yourself moving.
Notice your gracefulness.
This is your natural state.
Feel your energy flowing freely.
See your face and body glowing with radiant health.
Notice how it feels to be in this state of wellbeing.
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Creative Exploration: Writing Prompts
Through the Goddess lens of Self Love and Self Care, consider your relationship to exercise, in whatever way that is part of your life. See if there is anything you would like to shift or upgrade. Your commitment to your body’s well-being is a strong foundation for your feminine power.
Pick from the following writing prompts, or create your own.
My favorite exercise . . .
Exercise makes me . . .
Working out . . .
Write for 2 minutes or more.