The concept of ‘joyful movement’ is to approach physical activity in a positive way, where we can enjoy the different ways we can move our bodies. There are many benefits to regular physical activity, including lowering stress and insulin levels, digestive support and building motivation.
Sometimes, it can be challenging to engage in regular movement, especially if you’ve struggled with your relationship with exercise and movement. Trying to focus on participating in movement that we enjoy can help us to build a positive relationship with movement and our body, and increase our chances of moving our body regularly.
Shifting the focus
When we focus on finding movement that we enjoy, we are more likely to look forward to moving our bodies.
Tips and suggestions
Start by exploring different types of movement and what feels best for you. You might already have an idea of what type of movement you enjoy, but for some it might take some time trying a variety of different activities to find what feels best.
Some suggestions you can explore:
- Dancing to your favourite music
- Walking with your dog
- Playing with your children or grandchildren
- Yoga or Pilates
- Team sports
Be patient with yourself and try a few different things until you find something that is safe, accessible and right for you. Start off slow and ease into it one step at a time. It can be helpful to seek support from an Exercise Physiologist.
These are only a handful of suggestions. All types of movement are valid.
It’s also important to note that sometimes movement won’t be joyful, and that’s ok too. For example, participating in rehabilitative movement to recover from an injury or to support mobility. Focus on what works best for you and your body, and seek appropriate support from a health professional specific to your needs e.g. Exercise Physiologist and Physiotherapist.