With these frostier days, bikes tend to get tucked away in the garage, the morning runs cease, and we become a whole lot more familiar with nestling up on our sofa. Do you find it challenging to incorporate an element of movement into your life when the days bless us with fewer sunlight hours?
As we align ourselves with Nature's shift in energy, so the type of movement we nourish our bodies with must follow suit. Winter encourages a restoration of energy; a slower pace of life, a quieter tempo. With this shift, our bodies are asking for a different type of movement from that which we frequented during the outgoing days of summer. Moving your body doesn't need to mean running a 10K when you get home from work in the dark of night, but sometimes it can be difficult to decipher what types of movement are beneficial to our bodies and our minds during the Winter months.
How do we continue to reap the benefits of movement - optimal cardiovascular and respiratory health, as well as mental health to name a few - while also nourishing our slow, yin energy of Winter?
The above are only suggestions. Tune in to your body, and find that sweet spot of balance between the yin and yang energies. Try not to force yourself into a constant state of doing but rather challenge yourself with those forms of movement which require patience, and effectively quieten your mind. Keep moving, but be sure to do it in such a way which nourishes your body.
Next week, we'll be delving into the importance of connection for keeping ourselves inspired and content throughout Winter. Although it can sometimes be difficult to maintain our social lives as we feel pulled towards self reflection and introspection, we discuss the benefits of face to face time with our community. Until then, and as always, be gentle with yourselves lovely humans.
[Written by Ashley Roy - Friendly face at HLC and Naturopathic Nutrition student]
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