Ever since I wrote about my recent fitness class fatigue, I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of intuitive exercise. It’s something I first heard about while doing an intuitive eating challenge back in May; the idea is that, rather than dragging yourself to the gym and doing whatever will burn the maximum amount of calories, you should stay active in ways that you actually enjoy—and it definitely doesn’t have to involve doing the same exercises every day. Rather, just as you would listen to what your body is craving to eat intuitively, you should do the same with exercise and move in whatever way feels best to you in the moment.
Granted, everyone has those days when you don’t want to start working out because of sheer inertia—but are so glad you did afterward. Still, I’ve been making more of an effort the past several days to really ask myself, “What type of workout are you in the mood for today?” and make my decision of what to do based off of that. Today, I did a short bout on the elliptical at the gym (while reading The Silkworm; I know you’re not “supposed” to read while you’re working out, but I love it!). And I also biked to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden with my boyfriend. No, it wasn’t as intense as a cycling class. But it was way more fun—and I saw some gorgeous flowers! Take a look:
I’m going to continue to make an effort to exercise intuitively (including not forcing myself out of bed at 6:30 a.m. when I’m really enjoying evening workouts more lately). Here’s what else I have on my wellness radar this week:
- Check out who funded nutrition studies before changing any of my habits based on them. This post from Marion Nestle’s site Food Politics does a great job explaining how important it is to be on the lookout for conflicts of interest in nutrition research.
- Ignore these stupid weight loss tips. How many of them have you heard?
- Make a conscious effort to stop guilting myself for feeling happy. Love this article WomensHealthMag.com published this week about times you shouldn’t feel bad for being happy.
- Use these pointers to make an amazing fruit salad every time.
- Work some of these upper-thigh moves into my workouts.
- Remember to try the opposite if one approach isn’t working. Gretchen Rubin, founder of The Happiness Project, just wrote this interesting article about how we get so fixated on trying to make one “right” approach work—when there’s absolutely nothing wrong with trying a different strategy.
- Whip up this three-ingredient summer sauce. As an added bonus, all three ingredients are healthy!
- Make this my mantra for the week: “How I see myself is up to me.” I’m feeling inspired after reading this motivational post from Fitting It All In.
- Throw poached eggs on anything and everything I can! I recently learned how to make them by using many of the suggestions in this oh-so-helpful video.
Have a well-intentioned week!