Exercise vs Movement

-Toni Sicola, Executive Editor and Wellness Professional

Spring is here in all its glory, which means that bikini season is right around the corner. This is the time of year when people start thinking about their long-lost New Year’s resolution to lose weight and get fit. Not to mention, we’ve started our Journey Around the Bay Walking Challenge her at ACMC!

That being said, this post is about shifting the focus from hitting the treadmill and losing weight to increasing your movement and loving your body. Don’t forget, you can convert all sorts of wellness activities into steps for our challenge.

So what’s the difference between hitting the treadmill and increasing movement? Put simply, the enjoyment factor. If you enjoy what you’re doing to get moving, you’re more likely to stick with it! Some people truly enjoy getting on a treadmill and sweating it out, but how sustainable is that for everyone?

Last year, I started taking a Zumba class at my neighborhood yoga studio, and my winter hibernation mode finally reset into spring. The class was fun! It didn’t matter that I’m not a dancer, because the steps were easy enough to follow, and they went right along with the music. It felt like a daytime dance party, and I caught myself smiling as I mimicked the instructor’s moves.

This year, I’ve taken up rock climbing. In January, my partner and I decided to recommit to a gym membership and joined a climbing gym. I’m IN LOVE. We go a few times a week, and have even made it outside to some real crags with some well-seasoned climber friends. In fact, it’s a physically demanding social activity for us, because we meet up with friends there, even on a Friday night (like tonight for example). And because climbing is a partner activity, we keep each other motivated, encouraged, and ever-improving.

Penthouse Cracks in Yosemite National Park 2012

I know that dancing and climbing aren’t for everyone, but the point is this: find something fun and you’ll be more likely to stick with it. Mix it up! Try something you’ve never tried before, and bring a friend! The two of you can laugh at yourselves together as you shake your booties to Latin beats or struggle with a hard route on the wall.

And ACMC folks, don’t forget to convert your efforts into steps and log them online with WellCall each Monday for the next 6 weeks!

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