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Step 5 - Movement

This week we will be working on Step 5

Movement

Being active can help you control your weight, relieve stress and anxiety, improve energy, improved sex life, and reduce the risk of disease. 

It always improves our mood and makes us feel better.

This is why I include this as a part of the life purpose journey.

If you really want to connect with yourself and your purpose you do need to take care of yourself. Self-care is key.

Yes, you can find your purpose in your life without movement but you might at some point be interrupted and thrown off course by dis-ease. 

I can’t stress enough how important self-care is so don’t skip this part. 

It is natural for us as humans to be active, so find something you love and do more of it!

 

Action Steps:

  • Walk, hike, run, swim, bike, yoga, pilates, martial arts, weight lifting, gardening, sports, and dancing. Just find what you love!
  • Keep trying new things until you find something you like enough to do everyday.
  • Work up a sweat at least 3 x a week.
  • Park further away, keeping in mind, safety first.
  • Take the stairs, safety in mind again.
  • Enlist a friend or family member to join you. The more the merrier.
  • Every day, move.
  • Honor your body. If you don't feel well rested, take it easy, do yoga, walk. Your body sends you messages for a reason, listen.

Affirmation: Movement is life. I give myself life by the movements I take. I love my body and am grateful for how it supports me.

Tips: If you're not a normally active person and don't know what to try. Make a list of a bunch of things like the one above and try them one at a time. See what feels the best and that would be easy to do daily. Even a 5-minute walk is a start.

As women enter mid-life our bodies are different. We often think as our metabolism slows we need to do more and more.

Working out too much might actually do the opposite of what you want. If you’re working out doing high intensity workouts for an hour everyday this can put your body in fight or flight. When you’re in fight or flight your body will hold onto weight to protect you. I’ve totally been here. High intensity is good but you really only need 10-15 minutes 3 x a week. Go all in! That’s doable right? 

Also, free weights and body weight exercise is very good support for our bones. I do a HIIT workout with heavy weights 2-3 x a week for about 15 minutes. That’s all you need.

I’m a very active person but I’m careful not to overwork my body and stress it out. I make sure I get plenty of rest in between my intense workouts so my body can recover. Rest is as important as the workout.

If you're not the active type this might be a hard habit to start. I suggest adding the habit of movement onto another daily habit that you never skip. When you link habits you will have better success with sticking to the new one.

Example: 

I make a pot of coffee every  morning. It takes 10 minutes for it to brew. I will now start to do a 10 minute workout while I’m waiting for my coffee.

I take my dog for a walk multiple times a day but bring him/her back in when they’ve done all their business. I now walk 1-3 miles during these walks and I walk it briskly. 3 miles might take 45 minutes but you could split it up between 3 - 15 minute walks.

I hope this helps and if you need more support you can set up a call with me anytime here>https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=15565807&appointmentType=9037253

Want to go all in to find your life purpose? I’ll be having a group coaching program starting in Sept 2021 where I will work closely with 20 ladies. Be sure to get on the VIP waitlist to be the first notified when it opens. 

Get on the list here>https://www.tinastinson.com/life-purpose-course-waitlist

Xo, T

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