Recently a student sent me a meme that says
“Training for that summer body?
Nope, I’m training for that 70+ year old body.
Bone density, core strength, balance, healthy joints, and good mental health as I age.”
This got me thinking of what motivates me to move my body.
Am I moving to change my body into a shape or size? Am I moving my body to feel strong and healthy? Am I moving my body to feel good? Am I moving my body to punish it because I don’t like the way it looks? Am I moving my body for outside validation? Am I moving my body to feel confident and happy inside?
As I have been contemplating these questions, I know that I have answered yes to all of them at different times in my life. I have participated in many different forms of movement for many different reasons. I have found that when I am choosing how to move and why to move, it is more satisfying and sustainable when I choose to move for enjoyment and love of my body. Now I choose to move my body in ways that help me feel strong, confident, and uplifted. Hoping to be active and independent well into my nineties!
What motivates your movement practice?