I was in a Pilates class this morning and I thought to myself, man, has my relationship to my body changed.
I think this is true for all of us. As we get older, or get injured, or change priorities, how we treat our bodies does as well. It is never a stagnant relationship. Even when we are pretty sure that we have “nailed it.”
Here is where I’m at with my body today.
- I listen to it when it hurts. I used to wait for pain to get to an 8 out of 10 before I would listen. Now when it is at a 2 I take a step back and listen to what my body needs from me.
- Self-care is higher up on the ladder of importance. When I was younger, exercise was the be all and end all. Now it may be rest, or acupuncture, or meditation. My commitment to my body is now multi-faceted.
- I don’t weigh myself. I have no idea what I weigh unless you count once a year at the doctor. I found the number gives me no indication of my health.
- I celebrate what I can do rather than begrudge what I can’t. Of course, this is a work in progress. There are still days when I get frustrated, but I am much more likely to remember that I want a relationship with my body that is kind.
- I feel stronger by not expecting everything. Before my body goals were lofty, from running fast to doing the splits to lifting weights. My body goals are still well-rounded, but I am not always intense. Interestingly, I became stronger once I let my mind soften.
- I am a huge fan of functional movement. This is perhaps the biggest change. In the past, I loved the idea of exercise (yes, I am one of those annoying people). But it had to be official exercise. Boot camp. Yoga. Swimming. Now I consider the benefit of a good walk outside. The benefit of sitting up straight, of foam rolling or of coming from sitting to standing with good form. I like to think of myself in twenty years and my movement decisions are often based on this person. I don’t want to wear away my joints right now in an effort to “look good,” meanwhile reducing the amount I am able to move in the future.
Let me know what you have learned first-hand about your body and how your relationship to your body has changed!