Let me explain that title!
Your thoughts about exercise have tremendous power. The way you define exercise determines if you can and will do it. If you think exercise has to be a certain amount of time, intensity, or type to ‘count’ as exercise, but you feel limited by pain, weight, fatigue, etc., you are not going to exercise. What you think about exercise and what your body can do in this present moment are at odds.
However, when you think of exercise as any movement to help your body, exercise becomes possible. This is why I ask you to Rethink Exercise.
Rethinking exercise starts with letting your body lead the way. Your body does not know what you used to do or what you think you should do. It doesn’t know how many calories you want to burn, or steps you are ‘supposed to’ take in a day, it only knows how much it can move now. It doesn’t know the numbers displayed on the weight machine or the treadmill or your activity monitor. Your body only knows what it can do now, in this moment.
If your body cannot tolerate what you are doing, it will let you know through pain and fatigue, which are signs of doing too much, too soon. (Contrary to popular belief, pain is not a sign of progress—nope, not even muscle soreness.) If your body can do what you are asking it to do, it will let you know instantly through more energy, greater freedom of movement, more focus, and a better mood.
Exercise is challenging when your ‘exercise window’ is very small because of body limitations. It takes more presence to exercise within those limits. But when you do, the window gets bigger. When you work with how your body was designed to move well, in the way it can move now, discover you can exercise, and start spiraling up to feeling well again.
Bottom Line: When it comes to movement, your body is smarter than your brain. Learn to listen to it and how to move to make it feel better within the first few seconds of exercise. This allows you to use exercise as one of your best resources to feel better now, and in the future.