Body awareness, or listening to your body is a big deal in exercise. If you ignore the signs from your body, like a sore knee or a tight hamstring, it could be the indication that your alignment is off which may end up in injury.
This type of awareness is also important for maintaining a healthy weight. When you don’t pay attention to what your body is telling you in regards to a full stomach, you could overeat which may lead to weight gain.
Although it sounds quite simple – your stomach says you’re not hungry, don’t eat. Or your knee is hurting, stop running…it’s not that easy. And the reason it’s not so simple is there’s a little battle that takes place between the mind and the body.
So if you’re chilling on the couch, relaxing while watching your favorite show, your mind may start up and tell you it’s time to grab the ice cream in the freezer despite the fact your stomach is completely full.
Or if you’re on the running path, and your knee is aching, your mind may tell you to keep running and stick to the training schedule.
This is the battle between the mind and the body, and more often than not, the mind wins. But the body doesn’t like to be ignored. It will take revenge which is what I’m dealing with right now.
In my next video, I’m going to talk about this battle between the mind and the body, and how it’s led me to no more exercise.
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I guess we need to slow down and start listening.
There can be real benefit in slowing down and practicing mindfulness. Great post, Elysha
Thanks for reading, Karen.