Experience the Mind-body Benefits of Being Active
Do you often find yourself dreading activity because you hate to sweat, feel self-conscious about your body or don’t like breathing hard? Instead of focusing on what you don’t like about your body, try and make a point to enjoy the physical pleasure of movement. One of the best things about physical activity is its positive effect on body image.
The point of activity is not to ‘get it over with’, it’s to enjoy it.
● Slow down and be aware of the movement -- the breeze that cools your face, the thrill of biking down a hill.
● Experience the feeling of your stride when you go for a walk.
● Take note of the sights, sounds and smells of your surroundings.
● Feel your muscles engaging, working and getting stronger.
As a result, walking and other physical activity will be something you learn to savor, just as you do your favorite foods. Even simple activities like lifting a dumbbell or stretching in the morning can enable you to positively experience your body in motion. That’s what the pleasure of activity is all about!