*updated January 2020
It’s time to love every move and stretch you make!
February is the month of love! It’s time to express your love to someone special. A time to spoil them or give them a gift that will make them feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
But what about yourself?
Do you give yourself and your body credit for what it can do?
Living with chronic illness, pain, and frequent injuries can make us feel hostile towards our bodies. This challenge is to help you learn to love your body all the time!
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Shouldn’t you show yourself some love? I think so and that is why I have themed my February Challenge around loving ourselves.
Think about the last time you were sick or injured……. I am assuming that exercising took a back seat to rest and healing, as it should.
If you are like me, not being able to exercise drove you bonkers and you couldn’t wait to return to your fitness routine. What? You don’t enjoy working out? Ok, maybe you weren’t chomping at the bit to go for a 2-mile run, but I bet you wanted to get back to your normal level of activity.
Next, I want you to think about your attitude as you were gaining strength, but not just quite near where you wanted to be. Did not being able to reach your pre-injury/sickness goals frustrate you? Were you angry with your body? Did having to go slower or only do half of what you wanted to make you want to give up? If so, that is what this challenge is all about.
A few of us were sick in December and a lot of our group had a tough January. One thing I noticed as people were on the upswing, was that they expressed frustration and disappointment about what they did achieve when it wasn’t what they were used to doing. BTW, I was guilty of doing this too. In fact, it was my own comments that drew my attention to this problem.
For the month of February, my fitness buddies and I are going to get a lesson in loving every step and stretch our bodies make.
Love Every Move
Your goal is to take a moment before bed each night and declare what you loved your body for doing that day. Do this every night of the month.
For example: “I love that my body allowed me to walk for as long as it did today” “I would like to thank my muscles for allowing me to swim for 20 minutes today”
It doesn’t matter if you were only able to take 550 steps or stretch for 5 minutes, I want you to be thankful and to express appreciation to your body for whatever it allows you to do that day.
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