Exercising intuitively is quite the opposite or ‘almost the opposite’ of the Nike slogan ‘Just Do it.’ I talked about this on the blog a few weeks ago, and in this episode of the podcast, I actually have the privilege of bringing on one of my friends who is an amazing intuitive exerciser. She’s been a huge example to me in exercising intuitively, and she’s constantly inspiring me to want to listen to my body, care for it better, and remember that I’m doing it for God’s glory. This girl is Alison. :o)
I’m linking up with Amanda for Thinking out Loud, because I think this would be a good topic to discuss and think about together.
Alison actually came onto the podcast near the beginning to share her story of an ED and recovering from it. She’s been several years, 99.9% recovered, and it’s a huge blessing to me to be able to have seen her grow in tremendous ways.
Before I share the amazingness and blessing that is Alison on this podcast, I wanted to take an aside and talk about how my dogs (aka: crazy huskies) have taught me about intuitive exercise.
These dogs have BOUNDLESS energy. They have so much more than me, but. . . the incredible thing is that they seem to know when to stop. They don’t run at 15 MPH when it’s 80 degrees outside. They sleep when they’re tired. They don’t eat all their food if they’re not hungry, but if they’re hungry they eat it.
It almost seems like intuitive exercise is a lost art along with intuitive eating, but I am grateful to the Lord God Almighty that there are so many that are talking about caring for our bodies, resting, doing exercise because you can, not because you have to, skipping a workout, and truly learning to not box yourself in when it comes to workout schedules and rest schedules.
On the podcast Alison and I covered:
How She Listened to Her Body When She Experienced a Recent Injury
How She Figures Out That She Wants to Skip A Workout
Doing Shorter Workouts Instead of LONG workouts
Honoring Your Body’s Desire to Rest
Why She Made the Decision to Leave Behind Instagram
Alison is truly someone who shines the compassion and humility of Jesus Christ. She reminds me of the grace of God daily as she is growing and learning about recovery and life and eating and family and friendship. She is a tough girl, a gentle girl, and a delightful person to talk to, and I know you will love hearing her heart.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 says, ‘ Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.’
In Jesus Christ, by Jesus’ sacrifice for sin, I am God’s temple. I have a responsibility to care for and not destroy my body by punishing it, and this was such a good reminder to me of why I need to rest some days and enjoy some activity other days.
I also wanted to give a super special shout-out to my podcast sponsor, Bliss Nut Butters. I hope to do a giveaway with them every other month; these nut butters are truly one of my very favorite crunchy, creamy, drippy nut butters. :o) Of course I have a list of a few favorites, but Daniell is someone I consider a friend and an example as a business owner.
Alison also knows how to enjoy some of the most amazing food. If you need to find foodie places to visit in Boston or on the East coast, you can definitely get so many good food recommendations from her. Or you can just drool over the places she hangs out with all her friends.
This girl also has a mutual love for nut butter (she was pretty brave to go without it for a month (I think?), but I just think her jars of overnight oats are pretty epic.
Now since you’ve listened to the podcast let’s talk:
Intuitive Exercising: Are you good at listening to your body?
What kind of exercise makes your body happy or a ‘happy’ kind of tired?
How do you know that you’re doing just enough exercising and resting?