A few weeks ago, I canceled every plan I had, did not socialize with a soul, and walked 16 miles in three days.
After years of using exercise to punish myself for eating, I experienced a proud realization that weekend, when it occurred to me how drastically my relationship to physical movement has shifted. When I think about teaching a spin class, or going to yoga, or walking for an hour instead of taking the train, it's not because I'm trying to burn something away. It's because I love my body and am craving the opportunity to spend one-on-one time with it.
In our office-bound lives, the mindfulness of movement is more vital than ever. I can't think of a time where I have been more in love with the daily routine of disconnecting, giving my brain a break, and spending some time with the gloriousness of all that goodness below the neck.
Today I want you to think about what it means to spend time with your body.
Not because you have to. Not because it's been tasked with getting you somewhere. But because you've chosen to create that time, to move your joints and limbs and things that flex. To exercise your mind-body connection and embrace the unstoppable creativity, energy, confidence, and endorphin boost that comes from putting your feet to the ground and heel-toeing your way to something fabulous.
When I talk about movement, I’m not speaking solely about the gym. I happen to like the energy of a fitness studio, but I know many people who find it stifling and un-inspiring, and would prefer to connect with their body in other ways. Girl, you do you. I don't care if you ever see the inside of a gym again.
This week, I just want you to focus on walking. Get outside, say no being sedentary, breathe air, LOOK UP, take a slightly different path, and put one foot ahead of the other for at least 30 minutes a day. Do it because it's a nice day, because your brain is a bit foggy and you need a re-set, because the spine is not meant to parallel the back of a chair all day, because fresh air is glorious, because you need an energy boost, because your legs deserve a stretch, because a sunny day and a good podcast can fix anything.
I promise you, a walking routine will change your life. Here's what you stand to gain:
—Decreased risk of heart disease, cancer, and all chronic diseases, actually
—Improved mood and mental clarity
—A spike in creativity
—Strengthened bones and muscles
Those things are pretty cool, right?
How can you add more walks into your life this week?