Benefits of Movement

Weather and Importance of Movement

I don’t know about you but I am DEEPLY affected by weather conditions. Some people think that is crazy. I am here to tell you that I do not believe it is crazy AT ALL!

This year I have been personally struggling. 

On cold rainy days, I want nothing more than to crawl into my bed and wait it out.  Had I done that though, I would still be hibernating between my sheets and we are halfway through May!

I have always been affected by weather.  It is a REAL THING so please know you are not alone if you have these feelings in your body show up. Symptoms include: pain in low back and neck, pressure headaches, eyes aching, respiratory issues, aching all over, mood swings.

For many of you who know me, you may be thinking this is ridiculous that I am saying this happens to me as I come across as cheerful most of the time…I am not and experience all these symptoms quite regularly with our current weather system.

Honestly, there is really only one true Godsend that I have found that works for me……MOVEMENT and lots of it!

Movement has been imperative to my health and even more so with the long winter we have had this year.

I struggle most days to “want” to get up and move. The good news for me is, it is my career so not really a choice to say “ah, I will go tomorrow.”  There are days I just feel my brain screaming “I do not want to do this today!” and everyday that these internal struggles show up, I know I have to go whether I like it or not and here is the best part….

It’s really juicy….EVERY TIME the music comes on, within 5 seconds of the first beat, everything begins to shift. It’s like coming up from holding your breathe under water for a long time. That first inhale is so refreshing…As the music and dance continues on, I can feel my WHOLE body and mind coming ALIVE as if I had been in a coma prior to that moment.  By the end of 60 minutes, those pains, breathing, headache, mood swings…they are GONE!

I am AWAKE. I am ALIVE. I am ME AGAIN!

The hardest part in all of it is just getting myself to the location of a class. Once there, the whole world shifts.

In all my 42 years I have never found something that holds such a profound impact on not just my physical health but my mental and emotional health as well all at the same time.

I have spoke to many ladies recently who I am clear are dealing with the same thing. Many have commented on “I was going to come but I am just so tired right now.” Or “I was going to come but this weather has got me down.”

I want you to know I get it. I want you to know I experience it too.

I want you to know there is a way past all of that for you to FEEL GREAT even now, with the weather the way it is.

I cannot change Mother Nature, however, I can shift what I am doing to have my life working and positive no matter what Mother Nature decides to do, and YOU CAN TOO!

You are not alone. 

Come out to a class and let’s MOVE together! 🙂

Much love,

Tammy

 

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Benefits of Movement

Put Your Feelings and Weather Conversations Aside

I am starting this blog today by saying up front, I get it. I struggle at times with this too AND I refuse to allow the environment or my feelings to get in the way of living my life.  It can really be a choice and when you begin WINNING over the thoughts you have about it, you become stronger.

What am I talking about?

The weather and your feelings.

So many of us start a conversation with “how are you doing?” or “can you believe this weather?” (myself included in this)

As human beings we are constantly, and most times without really realizing what we are doing, put each others feelings and emotions about ourselves and the environment at the front of every conversation we start.  We begin by asking people to check in on their mental and emotional state of “feelings” which in actual fact, in not a true test of reality but one of a personal test to see what is going on.  Then we switch over to getting one’s “opinion” about the weather.

This really just sets us up to get very little accomplished in a day…..

What do I mean by this?

If there were a million dollars waiting for you to pick up every time you came out to your fitness class, would you miss the class?  I didn’t think so….

It would not matter how you felt or what the weather was doing, you would be there.  You would not only be there, you would be THRILLED and EXCITED every time you walked through the door. You would not be thinking about how you “feel” today….if the weather was off, you simply wouldn’t care (with a million dollars every time you came, you may just have a driver bring you each day…who knows!)

The fact is, when you get up and show up without consideration for how you feel or what the environment is like, you make a choice. The choice to take care of and love yourself.

I cannot stress enough the importance of fitness in one’s life.  Releasing healthy endorphins through working out (and frankly in a Zumba class the amount of fun you have, you forget it’s a workout) one can seriously free the mind and come up with MILLION DOLLAR ideas and much more!

Do not rob yourself by saying “Oh, I will go tomorrow, I had a bad day at work” or “Oh, it’s raining/snowing today so I will just curl up for the night and go another day” (firstly, we live in Canada, face it, it is gonna rain and snow…and secondly tomorrow may never come so live for today!)

Live today. Live for YOU today. Inspire YOURSELF. Get up and show up!

You are one fitness class away from your EUREKA moment!

See you in class!

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