In, On, Move: A Wellness Series.

Move: I’ve been having motivation issues lately. I know yoga makes me feel better when I do it, but I still have trouble talking myself into doing it every day. I’m a big fan of joyful movement, and the idea that, regardless of health, ability, size, or shape, pretty much everyone can find a way of moving their body that feels joyful to them. I made a decision to give myself a break from yoga and go with what feels good for a little while.

For me, what feels good is dancing. I love nothing more than getting dressed up to go bump and grind with friends in a dim goth or alternative club. Mostly, my fatigue and pain get in the way of such a massive undertaking these days. Since I like making things easy for myself, I figured incorporating dance into my day was a good way to get myself moving without it feeling boring and difficult.

I’ve noticed that there are a few songs on my Spotify list which make me inevitably start moving when I hear them. Whether I’m dancing as I do the dishes or make dinner in the kitchen, doing an improvised bellydancing routine in the bathroom, or just stretching and wiggling to the music in bed on a terrible pain day, I have to move to them.

I’ve started setting a mobile alarm with Rakim by Dead Can Dance on it once or twice a day. That way, I hear it and start dancing. I often replay it a few times because I start enjoying myself. And because it’s in the privacy of my own home, I can let loose and be my uncoordinated and ridiculous self and it doesn’t matter. I’m also a big fan of the album Beats of Ice and Fire by The Boomjacks.

Music on its own can be therapeutic anyway, and singing along helps encourage deep breathing and thus relaxation. So, in the spirit of sharing and increasing my repertoire, give me one song that makes you just have to move. I’d love a complete playlist to work through over the week.

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6 thoughts on “In, On, Move: A Wellness Series.

  1. roweeee

    Sounds like a great idea to me. I’ve been struggling with swimming and now it’s getting cold. As much as exercise might be good for us, it’s better if we can also find something we can enjoy. Shame that can’t include eating chocolate!!

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    1. jezzybel Post author

      If I have to exercise, it seems only fair to myself to do something that’s not making me miserable! And chocolate can be good for us in reasonable amounts 😉

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  2. Toni

    I have the same ‘having to talk myself into things I know are good for me’ problem, but totally agree, I love a dance around the living room in my pyjamas, I suppose I just don’t think of it as ‘proper’ exercising because it doesn’t involve wearing the right sports outfit / doing it for a set amount of time.. maybe I’ll change that idea!

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