I spent the majority of my late 20’s as a self-described cardio queen. Most evenings would find me logging time on the elliptical at the local gym or racking up miles with my running group. As I entered my 30’s, my focus shifted from long cardio workouts to shorter high intensity workouts, and eventually a serious obsession with Crossfit.
Then I got pregnant for the 2nd time….and was forced to slow down.
So I walked….a lot. But it often felt like a chore. I told myself that it was because I was designed for harder, higher intensity workouts.
However, this week as part of my work with Coach Krissie and her Find Your Flow offering, I realized that I have been viewing exercise as the means to an end.
As the means to lose weight….
As the means to wear a smaller size jeans…..
As the means to earn another medal……
As the means to improve my 5K time…..
And while all of that is great. Krissie suggested that I view exercise in a new way – as a type of self-care.
That was a HUGE PARADIGM shift.
Viewing exercise as self-care, and wanting to embrace movement that leaves me feeling peaceful and centered has translated into a standing walking date with my Mama and daughters, an exploration of yoga, and a ballet workout on the agenda for tomorrow.
None of these workouts leave me dripping in sweat or sore like running and Crossfit. However, they do leave me feeling rejuvenated, peaceful, centered and empowered to be the best wife, daughter, and mother that I can be.
In 3 weeks, I will follow-up with my OB/GYN and likely get the all clear to start running and Crossfit again. And I am excited about that fact. But I am also excited about incorporating more peaceful movements into my new routine.
Your turn – Are peaceful movements part of your regular workout schedule?