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Do our bodies change our minds?

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Society has been telling women that they need to be beautiful as if it’s the most important thing they can be. To the point that 91% of women hate their bodies. So many of us have lost perspective on what matters. The purpose of our life is not to be an ornament to be looked at but to do, feel, accomplish and contribute. We need to focus on more important things. Let’s stop wasting our life being at war with our body and embrace it!

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I highly encourage you to watch this inspiring movie “Embrace” on Netflix.

I hope it inspires you to love your body!

 

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I thought this video was worth sharing.

William, Harry and Kate talk about the importance communication. Quite something for members of the Royal Family to be talking about this! They talk about how it can be difficult and uncomfortable to start certain conversations but how it’s important to not bottle up our feelings as it can have a detrimental effect on our mental health (I would say physical health too). These conversations can be a form of medicine. It’s so true isn’t it!? Feels so good to clear the air if something is bothering us.

I’d also add that exercise is a form of medicine. And not only physically but also mentally. You always feel better after exercising or a good talk!

Take a moment to consider how you might apply this to your life.

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A good bowel movement is incredibly satisfying!
But it’s not only satisfying, it’s very important for your health.  Watch & learn:

 

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Squatty Potty  $29.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IKEA Stool  $4.99

                                                                                 

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This is a great reminder to reach out and create community, something I strive to do in my classes.

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Recently I listened to a podcast by Joe Rogan and Dr. Rhonda Patrick.

He beautifully expressed many of my feelings regarding exercise and it made me want to share it with you (warning: swearing):

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or you can read my summary below
I hope it motivates you!

Some people don’t want to exercise; they’d rather go to a doctor and get a pill. There’s a fear of discomfort, they don’t want to sweat and strain. It’s an extreme feeling in the mind.

What it really is however is the discomfort of the beginnings of getting in shape. Because once you’re fit, exercise is something you look forward to. It alleviates stress and makes you feel good: relaxed, carefree, more appreciative of things and less reactive.

Neuro-imaging studies show that exercise improves executive function and calms the amygdala – the brains emotional centre. Exercise helps you think logically and be less reactive from the gut. Meditation has similar effect.

So how to get started? Create momentum. Resist the resistance. Realize that discomfort is your friend. The choice to resist creates momentum, just as the choice to avoid creates momentum. The more you resist the more you can resist. The more you avoid, the more you continue to avoid. When we consistently resist the avoidance it creates a force that propels us forward.

Often when we are not happy and content with life it’s because we have given into the avoidance. We have stayed in our comfort zone. The need to act is so strong yet we avoid it. We feel that resistance all the time and we have to fight it in order to get past it so we can progress and succeed.

When we choose to avoid working out, it’s not only bad for us physically but also mentally. When we decide to stay on the couch we tell ourselves that it’s an option, that avoiding is an option that is at our disposal and that creates momentum to continue avoiding. Our choices create neuro-pathways in the brain: to avoid or to resist. Once the neuro-pathway is created we tend to stay on that path. If we choose to avoid, we may then find ourselves avoiding other things in life too: conflict, uncomfortable decisions and making changes.

When we get off the couch and go workout we feel successful and a sense of accomplishment. A year from now you could have a completely different body working out just 2 -3 times a week. It’s not a huge commitment and the outcome is incredible. You could add ten years to your life! It’s not about vanity; it’s about the quality of your life, not only as you age but also right now, how it affects you today. And it not only affects you but everyone that comes into contact with you.

When we live a sedentary lifestyle and eat badly we accelerate aging; we become broken and start to fall apart. We can delay the aging process and improve the quality of our life simply by being active and eating well. What could me more important?!

If you could take a pill to prevent your body and mind from a decaying from old age would you take it? Everyone would say yes, but there is no such pill. The pill is exercise and healthy eating. Actual pills don’t always work and they have side effects. And a pill is not going to make you feel better in a true sense. A pill is not going to clear your mind, change the shape of your body and give you confidence and ease. Yes pills are sometimes necessary for a medical condition but often the medical condition is caused by unhealthy habits to begin with.

Our consciousness is in charge of making the choice. What will you choose?

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