Being Mindful on the move
If you’re mindful about how and why you’re moving, it takes on a whole new meaning. It’s as if the dots are finally joined. When you know the why, the how becomes much simpler.
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There’s a lot to be said for the old adage: use it, or lose it. Especially when it comes to keeping supple and agile.
Not moving mindfully caused pain and injury
Years ago, I managed to put my back out very badly. I didn’t even do anything especially difficult or onerous. I merely ducked below a pole to get to the other side and P-O-W. Pain that took my breath away. When I eventually got home and got to my bed, it literally took me 20 minutes to inch my way from the foot of the bed to finally get my head up onto the pillow.
My 5-year old had to help me dress. I remember feeling that if that was my life, I didn’t want a part of it.
Long story short, my L4 and L5 lumbar vertebrae were crumbling. I didn’t have enough muscle tone to support my lower spine and years of scooping up my child and lifting things did the rest.
Pilates is mindful movement
Luckily, I found Pilates. Major core-strengthening stuff and there is a happy ending. I haven’t had any backache since.
I’m not a fitness fanatic but I do believe in “just keep moving, mindfully” helps me to live my best life.
Every morning when I wake, I do what I call the ‘suntanning spider’ move (I’m really not sure if that’s Yoga or Pilates, or even if it is a proper thing).
It involves lying flat on my back, lifting my legs and arms at 90 degrees into the air and holding that position or doing a few leg moves and stretches.
Just for a few minutes. Every single day.
By nature, I keep moving, man. My theory is, be the shark. You’ve just got to keep moving. You can’t stop.
Move mindfully through your day
Then I go downstairs to get my early morning coffee fix. And do standing press-ups against the kitchen counter and lunges and squats while I wait for the kettle to boil.
A little later, when I brush my teeth, I do some leg lifts or on the spot running or even some wild disco dancing if the mood takes me.
When I’m in the car, waiting for the traffic lights to change, I may do some pelvic squeezes.
If I have the choice, I choose the steps rather than the lift or the escalator.
In the tubes, I do the walk to the left.
I’m not super fit. Nor do I have a six-pack. But I can move and I am supple and agile. And I like that.
Because even if you haven’t got a gym nearby, or enough time for that long walk or the yen for yoga, there are little things you can do everyday to move mindfully, make your body work, keep it youthful and supple and keep on working for you.
And that’s how I live my best life. Moving mindfully.
I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences about mindful movement.
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