My relationship to my body today

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.”

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Here is where I’m at with my body today.

  1. 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.
  2.  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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!

2 thoughts on “My relationship to my body today

  1. Alannah Kavanagh Auel says:

    I used to feel as though I was at war with my body – as though it were a separate being and I was fighting to win a “good day”. Yoga and mindfulness has integrated my entire being into one package, and I work *with* my body instead of fighting it. It’s a wonderful journey. P.S. I love your quote “I became stronger once I let my mind soften.”

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