It’s almost weekly, I hear someone say, “But I hate running.” Others often make the excuse of not exercising because of their busy lives. Finding your movement can and will positively impact your life. It will be an outlet and can, very well, become a life passion. First, let’s define what your movement is and then we can dive into trying to discover it.
What is a Movement?
We aren’t talking about a movement or rally trying to advance a political agenda. This isn’t about a movement to another city. We are talking about a person’s physical movement. The movement your body enjoys, loves, and craves. A movement is a way an individual can express themselves physically.
A movement can be something very active and fast-paced, such as running or cycling. It can be something relaxing, as in yoga or Tai Chi. Maybe, yours is very expressive, like dancing or doing a martial art. Everyone is built and wired differently, so there are different movements for all types of people.
While growing up, did you have a sport that you absolutely loved? I ran in cross-country through middle and high school and looked forward to practice everyday. I couldn’t wait to get out of school and meet up with the team. I loved the camaraderie and the friendships, but more importantly, I loved the way my body felt. It was a natural feeling for me to be running. I loved the trails, feeling like I was gliding. I loved the endorphin high I would get. And then I stopped running.
I moved on to college and running was on the back burner of my mind. The healthy and energized feeling I had slowly disappeared. I tried other activities, such as weight lifting or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. While I enjoyed those, nothing quite felt the same as when I was running.
Fast forward a couple of years, a buddy of mine and a fellow firefighter decided he wanted to do a triathlon. He wanted a training partner and asked if I’d do it with him. Instantly, my excitement peaked and I jumped on the opportunity. Getting back into running was physically tough at first, but I enjoyed the feeling of it. It felt natural for me. I felt more alive than I had in years. I had discovered my movement and it brought a new energy and happiness to my life.
The Importance of Finding and Using your Movement
Unlocking the physical activity meant for you can change your life. Discovering your movement will center you. It will add to your health and, most definitely, add to your happiness. If you aren’t already exercising, it will get you off the couch and provide you with an outlet to become more active. If you are already exercising regularly, but don’t enjoy it, finding your movement will give you a new sense of motivation and enjoyment.
The health benefits of doing regular exercise are undeniable. Knowing the exercise you enjoy will give you the daily motivation and desire to move. You will feel more energized. Maybe, you will shed a few pounds. Possibly, your movement is weight lifting and you’ll gain muscle and strength. You will have a desire to make goals centered around your movement. You may want to sign up for a 5K run or possibly, a crossfit competition.
Trying a new physical activity, if you don’t already know your body’s preferred exercise, can create new friendships. Whether its a martial art, a dance studio, a yoga class, crossfit workout, or group run, you can expand your social circle with your newly found exercise. The feeling of inspiration will pour over you. Regular activity increases vitality and longevity.
Finding YOUR Movement
Everyone has a movement they can enjoy. For some, it’ll be easy to discover. Think about what you enjoyed doing while you were young. Is there an activity you’ve never tried, but you’ve always wanted to?
If you’re having trouble discovering the movement that really makes you tick, make a list of different activities and start trying them until you find the one you really love. Here are some examples you could try:
- Rock Climbing
For some, they may enjoy a combination of movements. Personally, I love triathlons. I find great enjoyment out of swimming, biking, and running. Endurance sports feels natural to me.
Find what you enjoy and DO it. You’ll be happier and healthier for it. Find your movement, I promise you won’t regret it!
Do you already know your movement? Comment below to let us know what your movement is. You may just inspire someone to find theirs.