Did you ever have a feeling about a situation or circumstance. Maybe it was a brief thought or a hesitation about moving forward in a decision. Our inner wisdom is just waiting for us to connect to help in making small changes or big decisions. As an example, did you ever think that you should go to the grocery to get supplies before the big storm hits but then waited til the last minute and had to brave the crowds? Recently, I was driving to the ATM and thought, "I should just go to the teller window instead". But I ignored my thought because I would have to do more work by filling out a deposit slip. I went to the ATM and it took my card and checks and then shut down. I called the bank and they said they might be able to retrieve my card. Long story short and 30 minutes later, I got my card back but not the checks. I had to file a dispute to get the deposited checks. The process made me late for a meeting with friends and increased my level of anxiety and frustration.
We become more in tuned with our inner wisdom the more we align our mind, body and breath through yoga, but then we have to actually listen to what our inner wisdom is telling us.
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Movement is not just medicine for our body, but also provides nutrients in different kind of way than the food groups. In Genius Breaks, Dr. Suzie Carmack prescribes a plan for getting movement vitamins by using the 2,4,6,8,10 method. Throughout the workday, try moving all of your joints in a full range of motion (not all at once of course!).
We could also consider that how we hunt and gather for our food can provide movement nutrients for our body. Do you drive to the store and purchase pre-cut and washed produce or a rotisserie chicken that’s seasoned and cooked already? Or do you have an organic garden bed that you plant, water, harvest and prepare for the next growing season. Do you pick, wash, cut and prepare the harvest for consumption? Working to gather and hunt food used to be part of the daily movement, but our capitalistic society has outsourced everything but the chewing and swallowing. Here are some tips for adding more movement nutrients to your day.
Unhealthy habits are hard to break and sometimes our past experiences impact our ability to add healthy behaviors into our daily routine. Think about the last time you tried to add daily movement into your schedule. Maybe you tried a spin class or a gym membership only to find that you lost interest or had a bad experience. If you can connect a core value with the desired health behavior, you are more likely to overcome barriers like prior negative experiences. What do you value about your health and what kind of movement can help you maintain your health? Moving your joints in the full range of motion can help keep you moving mentally and physically. Stay tuned for more on how to move through out your day.
The more that we move the better we could feel but movement does't have to be training for a marathon. Dr. Suzie Carmack wrote a book about how to add movement into your day without breaking the energy bank. Genius Breaks is an easy to follow guide for adding more mindful movement to your day.