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Training Intuitively. – Move And Be Free

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A sleeping cat

Live like a cat.  Sleep when it’s time to sleep.
Run & play & eat & drink & go scratch around in the litter box when it’s time for all those things.
Then go jump on some unsuspecting person & panic when they scream.
Then go take another nap.

A trainer friend of mine said he’s running like a Kenyan. This particular training method, it seems, comes down to running for exactly as long as you want to run, not timing it, laying down and counting to sixty – if you’re still awake, running again, and if you nap, you nap. He said they’re so in-tune with their bodies, this is how they run.

What I find odd about it all is the idea that training intuitively is an advanced method. Shouldnt it be the best method for all of us? Or is it only for people who have already developed the will and desire to work hard? Or does that will to work hard numb us, does that actually bring us out-of-tune with our bodies?

via Training Intuitively. – Move And Be Free

I found this linked in some blog comments.  It’s written by Chris, a personal trainer & massage therapist.  I love the idea of this because it pretty much fits in with me.

I am not the sort of person who can push & push & push myself.  I have limits, & I respect them.  One of the “blessings” of being Bipolar is having to learn my limits & how to live in harmony with them.  I know what pushing myself too hard leads to, & it’s not pretty.  That also means learning to tune out all the blahblah telling me what I’m doing isn’t enough, which is much harder to do when those voices are coming from inside your own head.

This is why it’s so much easier for me to follow my own plan instead of someone else’s.  I can train at my own level & speed, to my own goals, & no worries about embarrassing myself or letting anyone down.  I have major anxiety issues with that stuff.

This article also points out the idea that “intuitive training” is seen as an advanced training method only for people who are already fit.  Fat or unfit people, because I reject those are the same thing, have to push beyond their own limits because they can’t be trusted with their own bodies, & as he put it they must do “penance”.

Intuitive training should be for everyone, & if everyone took the attitude that movement can & should be enjoyable, instead of viewing it as punishment, imagine how much better off we would all be?  How many more people would be active regularly if we didn’t view it as punishment for being fat or lazy?  How much healthier would we all be?  How great would it be if our children were raised to see exercise as fun part of every day?  WON’T SOMEONE THINK OF THE CHILDREN?!  Sorry, I just wanted my hysterical moment there.

This is the first of three parts.  I haven’t read the other two yet, but they are linked to from the bottom of the first post.

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Author: despitemyself

A person in flux.

6 thoughts on “Training Intuitively. – Move And Be Free

  1. I would pay a lot of money to be able to live like a cat 🙂

  2. “I can train at my own level & speed, to my own goals, & no worries about embarrassing myself or letting anyone down. I have major anxiety issues with that stuff.”

    Me too! That’s such a good point – I used to always feel embarrassed for not training harder, and I think that’s one of the main reasons I never liked team sports – I always thought I’d be letting someone down. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Good point. Reminds me of DBT, a type of therapy that teaches people how to be present, in the moment, and in tune with their bodies no matter what shape or state of mind they are in!

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