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Exercise is Self Care

Friday, January 22, 2021

I heard this from a woman on Youtube who leads exercise classes. She's super cute and upbeat her name is Pahla B if you are interested. I found her over the summer when I was in a cast andcshe had some really good seated workouts. This isn't a totally new concept but for whatever reason it stuck out for me this time and I think about it.

Self care.....huh.....

I know I love it when I get a pedicure, or a haircut, I feel like I made an effort for myself, My perspective has shifted because of this one comment and exercise this week has been different. I happily took a two hour hike and a few times I just threw on shoes and hit the block. My hand weights are near my bed and I just pick them up and give myself a moment to feel strong. No set counting, no right or wrong order. Of course its great to schedule workouts, track fitness minutes and steps and have a goal, but I took off the Fitbit and just enjoyed moving my body, it was wonderful. There was no disappointment if I didn't keep my heart rate elevated for a certain time and I didn't count the minutes...I just gave myself the gift of activity and beautiful skies, sounds of nature and some muscle activation. It really felt like self care and I would love to do more of it. Exercise should never be a punishment for food eaten, whether today or ten years ago.

I thought I'd share Pahla's comment, it is a marvelous thing to think about.

I do wear my Fitbit to work because I need a watch and I love to see the fitness minutes add up. Its like free workout there and if I keep this comment in mind, I'm getting some self care in on the job!


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    I have done some of her workouts. I liked her and her upbeat personality!
    185 days ago
    Pahla B makes me laugh, but she does talk sense.
    185 days ago
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    191 days ago
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    Strange how a few words can have such a big impact.
    So glad exercise is now empowering self care. Who knew, right!
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    191 days ago
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    191 days ago
    Self-care has never been my strong point, but without it, we're all in big trouble. What you're advocating here is the opposite of self-punishment, which I think a lot of us are guilty of for whatever reason. Like these words from you blog, which really struck me: "Exercise should never be a punishment for food eaten, whether today or ten years ago." Looking back on it, I see how much I have punished myself, both physically and emotionally, and I do regret not having seen the light earlier about what a waste that is. We should follow the path to joy that you mention here--"beautiful skies, sounds of nature and some muscle activation." Sounds so good to me!

    I'll look into Pahla B. I need some seated workouts.
    192 days ago
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