There's a very common misconception out there that exercise needs to be vigorous or even painful to be considered worthwhile.
However, exercise can be so many things and serve many different purposes for the body.
Movement should be to make our bodies feel their best, and be done while appreciating what our body can do for us.
A shift from working out to force your body into what you think it should be doing, and instead exercising to help your body can be all the difference to moving in ways that support your overall health.
types of movement
Exercise doesn't have to be running or lifting weights.
Movement like walking, gardening, cleaning or stretching are just as valid.
Does it benefit your overall health, and make your mind and body feel better? It's exercise.
listening to the body
Above all, it's important to be able to listen to the body, and attune your choice of movement based on what your body is telling you.
If you're tired and needing rest, recognizing and honouring that will help you to make decisions that support your health.
By shifting the perspective on exercising from needing to change your body, to wanting to feel good — you can shift your overall intention of exercise and allow room to be more mindful of what type of exercise is appropriate in the moment.