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The past three days I have been in Tahoe snowboarding, and seeing all the people out on the slopes reminded me the lesson of doing some sort of movement that you love. That way, you will want to keep on moving, and you will have fun! That is the most important thing. It’s so easy to get sucked into the attitude that exercise is a chore, and that the only way to get through it is to suffer at the gym while blaring music or watching tv to distract yourself. Instead, try focusing on your body, really feel what it’s feeling, notice your breathe, your toes, your arms.

And, do something you love! Think of exercise as a gift to your body, not a punishment to lose weight, or to work off the food you ate and felt you shouldn’t. For some people this will mean going to the gym, for others it means going outside and walking in nature, it doesn’t matter as long as you enjoy it. It’s also important to mix it up. Don’t just run everyday. Try biking, or surfing, or a fun exercise class at the gym. I recently did a bootcamp exercise class in the park, and it was fun (and a challenge)!

A nice body awareness exercise is the body scan. Lie down and take a moment to focus on your breath. Then, move your attention to your right toes, then your right foot, your ankle, your calf, you get the point. Then move to the left side until you make it all the way to the top of your head. While doing this you might realize that you haven’t been aware of certain body parts in a long time (unless it is injured). So, take some time out and see what you notice. See what your body is telling you, and don’t judge, just observe. The act of observing is healing in itself.

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