You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist – Friedrich Nietzsche
I’ve never been one for conventional exercise – that pseudo-eccentric high schooler turned grown up barely making the uncuttable track team while not so secretly pleading for a yoga squad. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to move, I’m actually the worst at remaining still. But as I assume would resonate with many a free bird wanderer, it’s all together possible there’s no one right way to live. Now consciously coupled to a four-time triathlete and soon to be Iron Man, a perfectly practical way to proceed in its own right, with no schedule of workouts pinned near my bedside nor penned in my agenda, I still find the most strength in the unquantifiable, those afternoons filled with walking, jittering, bopping; that unstructured movement for movements sake.
How many of us find ourselves stagnant? Not only not moving or not into the motion, but void of motivation. Last month, hosting my first live Instagram Q&A, so many of you expressed the plight – perhaps the proud owner of a yoga mat, of sneakers, of that coveted gym membership, but with absolutely no drive to put them into use. It seems even with the cushiest mat, the trendiest gym wear, a ‘life in motion’ is only feasible longterm coupled with passion. When we’ve found something we really want to be doing, that excites us and makes us feel stronger and more alive. For those of us just getting into exercise, finding our stride, it’s ok to be noncommittal, dabbling in the arts of walking with purpose, interpretive dance, hiking, jogging. It’s ok to let ourselves wander and explore, one foot in front of the other. Honor and celebrate the motion, those small successes, the start, and eventually it will all feel normal, an established non-routine routine.
For me, I feel my strongest sneaking casual and windy walks and stretches into my workweeks, not only breaking up those long period of desk and computer time with fresh air and motion, but refreshing my mind in the process. I tend to save my longer, more considered workouts for weekends, making sure to allow myself the time for decided hikes, circuits, more rigorous jogs, and yoga practices. No matter the day, I’m conscious to fuel my motion with nourishing meals, snacks, and lots of water. Recently, I’ve been especially drawn to Bai’s Antiwater, preserving water’s pure taste while enhancing it with electrolytes and antioxidants to protect healthy cells from free radical damage. Because staying hydrated is so crucial for every element of whole body wellness, I never leave home without a bottle handy. Nobody and no body are the same – how do you nourish and motivate your motion?
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