If you're someone who has lost their spark and joy with exercise, you're not alone. Many people struggle to find pleasure in movement because of negative experiences, social and cultural pressures, injury, illness, or using exercise as a coping mechanism in an eating disorder.
When it comes to exercise or movement, we often think about the physical benefits: bone health, muscle gain, cardiovascular health. But what about the mental and emotional benefits? What about the way exercise makes us feel?
If exercise is making us feel exhausted, confused, stressed, or pained, then it's time to re-evaluate our relationship with movement. Ask yourself if your exercise habits align with the four healthy components outlined below:
Exercise or movement that aligns with these four components is truly healthy - mentally, emotionally, and physically. By approaching exercise with curiosity, kindness, and compassion, we can redefine our relationship with movement to focus on joy and well-being rather than external pressures or expectations. So go ahead, try something new and see how exercise can truly nourish your body and soul.