Our Bodies can become our Bentley or our Fords (no offense Ford). 5 star, 1 star. Boeing 747 or a Fighter plane. It comes once, that’s all, only once… How it handles life’s many changes is up to you? Ease, fluidity, grace, strength, all that is up to you.
If you want it to be around for a while you must support it with routinely check ins.
“The body, and it alone, is capable of making visible what is invisible: the spiritual and the divine. It was created to transfer into the visible reality of the world, the mystery hidden since time immemorial in God, and thus to be a sign of it.” – Christopher West
Want an exercise routine you’ll stick to? Ask yourself these ten questions.
Everyone is always telling me they want to exercise more regularly but they just cant seem to get around to making it happen. We all know exercise is important for health and mood and yet it’s often tough for people to stick to an exercise routine.
I think that one mistake is to choose a form of exercise based on a) what your friend recommends, b) what kind of change to your body you want to see, or c) what is the fashionable form of exercise. It’s helpful to consider these factors, but in the end, we’re far more likely to stick with an exercise routine that suits our nature and our schedule. If you’re struggling to exercise regularly, this is not the place to fight your nature! If you’ve been a night person all your life, vowing to get up at 5:00 a.m. for a boot camp isn’t very realistic.
Ask yourself these questions, and when you’re done, think about what kind of exercise routine would suit you best:
1. Are you a morning person or a night person?
2. Would you like to spend more time in nature?
3. Would you like more time in solitude; or more time with friends; or more time to meet new people?
4. Are you motivated by competition? … Additionally do you like sports or games?
5. Do you enjoy loud music?
6. Do you do better with some form of external accountability, or does that just annoy you?
7. Would you like to challenge yourself with exercise (whether by learning a new skill or pushing yourself physically)–or not?
9. Would you like more meditative time, or more time to watch TV, read newspapers, etc?
10. Do you have a lot of control over your time?
11. Are you sensitive to weather?
Your answers should guide your thinking about exercise. Work out with a trainer? Take a class? Be inside or outside? etc.
For instance, if you’re a morning person who craves solitude and time alone with your thoughts, but has little control over your schedule and hates feeling accountable to anyone, you might enjoy walking in a park every morning before you leave for work.
If you’re a night person who loves music and meeting new people, and is also motivated by accountability, you might like to take a dance-based exercise class after work.
Remember, fitness and personal health is a lifestyle, not a here/there thing. Dont let your need for perfection stop you from taking a 10 minute walk during your lunch break. It’s the little things that add up to big and consistent change. The ten minute walk you take is so much better for you than the three-mile run you never do. You get the biggest health boost going from no exercise to some exercise.
Just a little tweak in a routine sometimes makes a big difference.
How about you? What aspects of your nature and your schedule make it easier–or harder–to stick to an exercise routine? What works for you? We’d love to hear from you, please share with us in the comments with us in the comment section below
Peace and Blessings
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