Up until recently, I’ve tried telling myself that yoga was all I needed when it came to physical activity. I swore up and down that I could stay fit and strong via vinyasas and downward facing dogs. As much as I wanted that to be true, it wasn’t. I needed to be moving more than that throughout the day, which brings me to this post.
Brittany on one of our walks
As of last week I started walking Brittany a mile a day. She missed one day because of being under the weather but it’s been pretty consistent. Also, I started running again. Yep! but this time I put the ego aside and started doing it for other reasons. For strength. For health. For a good mood. For self love. Instead of attempting to jump back in to the deep end where I left off a few months ago, I humbled myself and started back at the beginning. First day I ran 1.86 miles and walked two with Brittany. Even with what my former self would have called ‘the beginning’, I was SOOOO sore the next day. Granted I did do a few work outs like reverse sit ups and whatnot after my run but technically that’s what I’ve always done after any runs, including when I first started. I’ve started by just running Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays about 1.86 to 2.86 miles followed by reverse sit ups, crunches, one legged squats, and donkey kicks. Afterwards, I drink this nice, rewarding protein shake blended with frozen banana, almond milk, chia seeds, almonds and plant based chocolate protein powder. I suggest you try it
The protein shake I mentioned above… BEST EVER
See here’s the thing, and I’ve said it before: last summer by the end of my yoga training, I was the healthiest and strongest I’ve ever been. I’ve wanted to get back to that ever since. But last time I tried to get that back, I went about it wrong. I made it about my ego rather than my health. I was too stubborn to see that you can’t jump from the frying pan into the fire. My body couldn’t handle the sudden, extreme pressure. Before I knew it, the muscles in my legs were twitching for days straight. I broke out into a rash. My body ached, my knees were in pain and my ankles constantly swollen. I was so tired, I couldn’t get anything done. I gave up after just a couple weeks. But I’ve rekindled my determination. I’ve gained an appreciation and truth for the right reasons to go at this once again. I’ve put my ego aside and taken my health into account. When you stop for months, you ease back in. If you’ve never tried to better your body, now is especially the time to ease in. So I started by eating healthy again. We had gotten into this bad habit of eating out a LOT. For the past two weeks we’ve managed to make a majority of our meals at home all being healthy and gluten free as well as most of them even being vegetarian. Once I got that down a little and I felt the change it did on my body and mind, I decided to start running again. And finally, FINALLY it feels right again. It feels like it felt in Colorado. The scenery is different but the movement is back to where I like it. I haven’t gotten back to the mileage or pace that I was at, but I don’t even care. I am just so happy to be running again in a way that feels good!
dog walking treasures
Now that I’ve gotten my personal experience on here, let me tell you why I think YOU should start moving too:
1) Even if your just walking a mile a day with your dog, it’s really good for your heart. 1 mile. That’s it. Not only are you making your heart happy and your dog happy, but your dog is almost like an accountability buddy. They get used to having a mile walk everyday and next thing you know, you want to just sit back and kick your feet up but no… Fido wants his exercise and he’s not letting you live it down until you take him for a walk (obviously resulting in you getting exercise too; win/win).
2) It releases happy hormones. We’ve all been there; whether you have a fight with your honey, you burn something in the oven, your car dies on you. Whatever it may be, put on your running shoes or pull out that yoga mat and get moving. When you’re done you will feel LOADS better. Promise.
3) You’ll have more energy. Obviously after the first day of moving however you choose to, you’re not going to notice that. It’s inevitably going to take time. Everything does. But once that extra energy kicks in, you’ll want to move more and do more fun things that don’t require sitting on the couch drinking milk shakes and eating jalapeno chips.
4) To add to the happy hormones thing, you’ll be in a better mood making you more enjoyable to be around. It’ll be easier to let things slide off your shoulder too. Yay for good moods!
5) It’s a metabolism boost. A more smooth running metabolism is always a good thing, no matter what way you look at it. Go metabolism!
6) strong/toned muscles. While having toned muscles is more along the lines of feeding the ego, it can also be an indicator you’re doing something right. You’ve gained muscle, you’re growing stronger. Strength is good.
7) Adding to toned muscles, it’s a confidence boost. I’ll admit there’s some people in this world who don’t need a confidence boost. But for at least a lot of people I know especially women, they could use it. Moving more over time will cause your muscles to strengthen and tone and you can’t help but be proud of yourself and feel good about that.
8) You’re clothes will start to fit better. At least that’s how it’s worked for me in my experience.
I could probably keep going for forever, but I’ll leave it at 8. So whether it’s yoga, running, walking your dog or even just swinging a kettle bell around in your kitchen, get moving! You don’t have to have a gym membership. You could even just start by taking the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. All it takes is a little inspiration and a little action. Find something that inspires you. A picture, a quote, a mantra. Let it inspire you to get moving. You’re body will thank you for it
P.S. my sweet little ginger bee Jacie has started her own blog full of motivation, positivity, and pretty much changing your life for the better. Check it out here
There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self. ~ Aldous Huxley