This week, in a reversal of roles, Sophie takes the plunge and gives Holistic Powerplate a go – surprising herself most of all – while Audrey struggles to take Moving from functional and boring to fun and engaging. Plus a new worksheet to help you discover what motivates you and why exactly you want to Move…
I guess the question here is WHY do we choose to Move? What is our objective? What do we want to get out of Moving and what are we aiming for?
I went back and read first post to this Move Challenge to remind myself…
“As I hit my forties I have become more aware of the just how much better I feel when I am moving my body regularly. I have less back pain, my joints aren’t as stiff, I have more energy, more zing! I feel generally happier when I get a regular shot of endorphins in my system. At the same time I know that I won’t do much of anything that isn’t fun and engaging and that my hectic life really does make moving regularly a complex thing. So that’s what this challenge is about for me. Re-igniting the joy, the passion and the drive I know feel when I find the right thing and just doing it.”
My experience of Moving this week reminded me of my objectives, of why I am doing this Move Challenge in the first place. I had sort of lost track. I didn’t plan this week, didn’t ring fence a specific time and activity. Didn’t really give it any thought. I thought I could wing it, even though I know perfectly well that my lifestyle does not allow me to improvise AND do something FUN and ENGAGING which I feel PASSIONATE about.
I ended up doing 3 ten minute Pilates sessions from the “10 Minute Solution – Pilates” DVD I reviewed a few weeks back because that’s all I had time for. It was boring, dissatisfying and frustrating. I don’t like the medium, didn’t connect with teaching style and the cat kept on pouncing on me which was distracting.
Sure I felt better for doing it. Yes, even just ten minutes woke up my core muscles and I carried that with me through the rest of the day. Agreed, it’s better than nothing.
So back to the drawing board and back to planning and making sure I enjoy what I am doing. I’m super excited as I have booked a Pilates one-to-one session with one of my absolute favourite Pilates teachers, Agata, for in a few weeks time and I have put a Tuesday evening 5 Rhythms class down in my diary.
Phew, that feels better already!
I think I know myself. I have done years of personal work; therapy, courses, you name it. And yet this week I surprised myself and others who know me too. Audrey tried Pilates Powerplate a few weeks ago and after she’d done it she said “You’d hate it” when I asked her about it. Listening to her I thought “Yes, I probably would.” And then, describing the session she said “What I liked about it was that it was only 30 minutes and 10 of that was a massage”. Well, I perked my ears up when I heard that. It sounds like the perfect kind of movement for people who don’t like moving. I.e. me. We started talking about other stuff and I didn’t give it another thought, until that evening. I just kept thinking about it, I was curious and interested and so I decided to book a session with Aimee.
Yo my utter amazement I loved it. I loved how different it is to anything I have ever done. I loved that the effort (and it does require effort) is short lived and manageable. I loved that it was fun and a bit strange. I loved that it had me interested because I cold not predict what the next minute would bring. I loved it because Aimee is engaging and supportive. I loved it because it was all over in about 35 minutes and the next day I could feel my muscles had worked.
So, despite my prejudices about machines and exercise of that kind, I am going back again this week, to give it another go. I’m not saying, at this stage, that I will keep going, but I’m definitely up for a bit more. Lesson learned: never say never.
Over to you
- How did you move last week?
- What’s your motivation for Moving?
- How will you Move this week? When?
As always feel free to post about your Move Challenge in the comments below, celebrate successes and ask for support. Remember that comparing yourself to others is deadly and that no questions is too big or too small or too trivial. Looking forward to hearing how you are getting on.