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What Mindful Moving Can Do for You

By Sandy Schroeder

We now know what too much sitting can do, but we may need to learn more about mindful movements that help us solve the problem.

When you are mindfully moving you may be stretching, playing tag with your kids, or gardening.  Anything that is fun and gets you moving works. takes a look at mindful moving and tells us why it works so well. This approach to fitness rejects all of the must do things that we tell ourselves about exercise. The more rules we stack up the less likely we will keep them.

I have done all sorts of things to make the 30-minute-a-day exercise plan work, but not been entirely successful. Too often it is just too tempting to be distracted with other things.

Enjoy Being Spontaneous

If you can relate, you may love how mindful moving works. It is very spontaneous. When you feel like biking, walking, gardening or swimming, do so, and enjoy your day. That attitude may spill over into everything you are doing and be habit forming.

Motivational coaches say the easiest way to make mindful movements happen on a regular basis is to have fun doing them. They encourage us to value the body as it is instead of constantly pushing for change.

When we accept ourselves as we are, it is easier to just enjoy moving for the sheer pleasure of being out there walking, hiking or biking. A lot of the fun returns. The focus shifts from reshaping how we look to just enjoying what we are doing now.

Stepping away from popular ideal body images can free you up from a lot of the must-do thinking that we see all around us.

Rejecting this narrow view of "fitness" is key to mindful movement. Once you do, you can begin to think about movement as a way to honor your body as it is, instead of as a way to change it.

Start thinking about all of the fitness things you have really enjoyed.

  • Attending a yoga class that made a huge difference
  • Biking to the park on Sunday with your kids
  • Working out in the yard or in the garden
  • Rediscovering dancing at home or in a class
  • Early morning runs that set the tone for the day
  • Early evening walks that help us gather our thoughts

I think one of the best things about mindful moving is its flexibility. Instead of playing by the rules, we get to innovate and just do the things that make the most sense for us.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Antonio, Tex.

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