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Fitness Friday: The Importance of Listening to Your Body

It is not uncommon for us to hear this notion about listening to our bodies. If you get really sick and visit the doctor, they will ask you for signs leading up to your illness, reminding you how important it is to listen to your body. Although, as busy women, it is easy to ignore signs that your body may be telling you and just keep going. This is definitely not the healthiest practice, although very common. Listening to our bodies is crucial in order to truly live a whole healthy lifestyle. By mindfully being aware of how you feel, both physically and mentally, and tending to those needs, it will increase the likelihood of feeling happy and content with your own self. Personally, I am trying to focus on listening to my own body and responding to those needs instead of pushing them aside until I find myself injured or sick. For me, this means if I am feeling sore after a few tough workouts, give my body a rest. If I am feeling in need of restoration, I take time to practice yoga, making sure that I am mindful while practicing and am allowing my body to enjoy the entire experience. While eating, try to be aware of your food choices and ask yourself “how does this meal nourish my mind and body.” This tends to help you get away from eating fast & unhealthy meals and rather encourages you to eat nourishing, whole and healthy foods. Take notice of your body’s signals that you need to slow down and rest more and respond. Allowing yourself some time for just you will make a long-term positive impact on your journey towards a healthy lifestyle. It also will most likely improve your relationships with those around you, for when you are feeling your best, you tend to be the best wife, mother, friend or partner.

 

Taking time for yourself is one of the best things that you can do for your children, so make sure to take time for you this weekend 🙂

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Happy Friday,

Jenn

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