Staying active is an important tool not only for physical health, but for your mental health, too. There’s a difference, however, between exercise that is totally focused on the physical benefits and exercise that is done intuitively for overall well-being. Your recovery can benefit greatly from intuitive exercise.
If you’re feeling like a piece of your recovery from substance use is missing, try to implement moving with intentions. There are wonderful benefits that can come about when you practice moving mindfully.
Can Exercise Help Me in More Areas Than Just Physically?
Almost everyone is aware of the physical benefits that exercise can bring. It can help you stay in shape and prevent diseases, among other physical benefits. Many people, however, are averse to exercising because they see exercise as brutal work that doesn’t bring them joy.
There’s more to exercise than running laps around a track, though. You don’t have to feel like you are training for a marathon to reap the rewards of exercise. If you are focusing on exercising for no other reason than to lose weight, you aren’t going to gain much from the experience. Exercise can be an enjoyable experience if you let it.
There Is No Wrong Way
There is no wrong way to exercise. As long as you are moving your body and enjoying yourself, you’re doing it right. If you want to find the hidden benefits that exercise can bring, you must look beyond the calories you’re burning. Exercise can bring you so much more than an ideal body shape.
If you begin to incorporate intuitive movement in your exercise routine, you can build a sense of respect and trust with yourself. This begins by listening to your body and recognizing what it needs. So many people find themselves pushing through pain during a workout.
If your body is telling you that it needs a break, give yourself that break. Learn to tune in to what you need and realize that whatever you need is acceptable. There isn’t a wrong way to exercise, as long as you are listening to your body.
Find Your Own Fit
Try to not fall into the trap of copying what others are doing. Fitness coaches on social media don’t know what is best for your body. On the other hand, you know what is best for your body. Each time that you listen to what your body needs and allow that sense to guide you in your exercise, the more trust you are building with yourself.
By learning your body’s signals, you can challenge yourself in a healthy way to reach new goals. These goals might not have visible results, but each time you reach them, you will feel a greater sense of accomplishment, giving you the motivation to keep pushing on. If you’re inspired by a friend’s workout, adapt their workout to fit your needs.
Learn to trust your own judgment and listen to what you truly need. If you need a day off because you’ve been exercising a lot during the past few days, grant yourself the day off. As long as you are in tune with what your body wants and needs, there is no wrong way to exercise.
Self-Awareness While Moving
Having a strong sense of self-awareness when you are exercising is essential. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t push yourself. Take a step back and assess why you aren’t comfortable with that exercise. Maybe your body has had enough for the day. Maybe that type of exercise doesn’t appeal to what you need. Whatever your body is telling you, be aware of it.
Self-awareness requires being present in the moment. Allowing yourself to be in the moment as you move is a great gift you can grant yourself. Being intuitive with every move you make gives you the power to truly benefit from the exercises you are doing.
If you are following along with someone else but you aren’t really enjoying what you are doing, you aren’t being intuitive. Your movements should feel natural, not forced. Allow yourself the space to feel comfortable. If you are feeling spontaneous, try something you haven’t thought of before. You can make your movement fun.
Movement in Recovery
Implementing movement in your recovery is a no-brainer. It can open up a whole world of opportunity. A great way that intuitive exercise can help recovery is giving you a space to de-stress. There are so many times throughout your recovery where you may begin to feel overwhelmed.
In these moments, allow yourself the space to get outside and connect with yourself through movement. Be in the moment and do what feels right. Feel the sun on your face and the grass under your feet. If you feel like doing an intense exercise to help get the stress out, do it. If you feel like you need to do something more relaxing, try stretching.
The great thing about implementing exercise in your process of recovery is that you can manipulate it so that it works for you. Giving yourself permission to be free and move is a gift you deserve. You will find that your mood often improves after exercise and the need to make impulsive decisions decreases. Allow yourself the space to do what feels right. You deserve the benefits you’ll receive.
Sober Life is here to help you find tools you can use in your recovery. One great tool is moving with intent. Everything you do in your recovery should be done because it will bring positive change to your life. If you are struggling and don’t know where to turn, look no further than Sober Life. Call us today at (619) 304-3014. We can’t wait to hear from you!