Diet and exercise often go hand in hand meaning that if you have a history of dieting, you may be all too familiar with having a love-hate relationship with exercise.
Many people view exercise as a way to change their body, compensate for what they have eaten or as a way to punish themselves with rigid rules around frequency, duration and intensity of their activity.
Though exercise can be a stress reliever for some, it can also be a source of stress for others.
In my sessions, I encourage individuals to get creative about types of movement that they find to be both enjoyable and social. We discuss mindful movement as a form of self-care and not a form of self-punishment; a way to accept the body they were created with and not just as a means to achieve the body they want. We review the positive health affects of increased activity that aren't related to a number on the scale (there are a lot of them!).
It's helpful to know that mindful movement can also play a role in helping people to better connect to their internal hunger and fullness cues therefore strengthening not only their muscles, but also their process of becoming and intuitive eater.