It’s so important to me to be genuine and authentic in all parts of my life. When I’m sitting with a client, it’s particularly crucial that they feel they can trust me. I usually feel very comfortable with that. Sometimes, though, when I hear myself telling someone how important it is to get out and move their body aerobically, I feel a twinge of discomfort!
In this one area, my words and my actions too often don’t match. I really don’t like that! I truly believe in the power of physical movement — particularly when done in nature — to help tremendously with overall good physical health and emotional well-being. It specifically helpful when someone is struggling with depression and/or anxiety. Spark is a great book, that has a lot of research backing up the importance of exercise on mental and emotion wellness.
I’ve decided that I am literally going to start “walking my talk!” Little by little, I’ve increased the amount of walking I do. I’m feeling so much better, since doing that. I’m sleeping better, and waking up more refreshed. I have more energy, and my body is moving more freely. Now, when I talk with a client about the power of movement, I’m happy that I can do it with a better sense of authenticity.
Now there’s a congruence between what I believe, the things I say, and the actions I take. I like that a lot! I didn’t like feeling like a hypocrite. My parents set a terrible example of how to live a healthy lifestyle. And…they both struggled tremendously with aging. I don’t have to follow in their footsteps!
I’ve chosen to change, and it’s working beautifully! I’ve had help in accomplishing this change. I believe in the importance of support, inspiration, and shared expertise. I’ve been working with Maria Schonder for several weeks. She’s a wonderful person to have in your corner! She’s a nutritionist and chef, and an all-around amazing coach to help people make better health and well-being choices.
Do you want to join me in becoming more active? I think you would be happy if you did. I know that I am! Start out with small changes, so that you can experience feeling successful. I started out walking 15 minutes a day, four times a week. You can choose what you want to do. It might be walking, or it might be biking, swimming, hiking, etc. Whatever you do, just start moving your body, and have fun doing it! What do you think?
Until next time,
* Note – The picture is from my walk a couple days ago!