Week 41: a life on the move
The importance of physical actvity
This experiment has not had a profound impact on me as my life is one where I seek out opportunities to be active but then also relish in the opportunities to let my body relax.
When I was younger I had a pretty unhappy relationship with food and my body. When I went to university I started to respect myself more – I was so happy to be studying that I allowed myself to find joy in the strength of my body. Fast forward to now and I can pretty much say that a youthful middle age has meant in many ways I have fallen in love with what my physical being can do.
I used to run and have completed a half marathon in a pretty decent time, but after a while I realised I felt the need to be seen to take part in something competitively measurable. In fact, wearing lycra in the school playground had become a cult that there was a lot of pressure to be part of! That phase of my life probably did my fitness levels good and I felt pride but it didn’t really fire me up with pleasure!
So now I don’t run often but I am at peace with my body. I want to carry on enjoying it, being a youthful woman of a certain age (!) who has stamina and strength. To that end I work-in activity to my day. I work full time in a non-sedentary job which helps, but any opportunity to get outside, stand up, stretch and walk – I take it. When I meet with friends for a catch up, it is often to go for a walk together. If I want to reconnect with my husband – yep, we walk together.
I think being sedentary can be a habit that can sap your confidence, self-respect and joie de vivre. There is a wisdom in getting off your bum and letting your body move around and get some air! So the experiment is probably an important starting point for many. I think all the Great Wake-uppers out there would be also reminding you of step two: imagine the music, stand up and dance!