We’re all tuned differently and what works for one person isn’t going to work for another, and that’s OK. As individuals, we all have different processes and ways of doing things that are right for us, comfortable and completely normal. Perhaps keeping butter in the fridge is completely normal to you, however keeping it on the side at room temperature is completely normal to the person sitting next to. OK, perhaps that’s a lame example, but you get what I mean. We’re all programmed differently and the same can be said for the natural flow of our bodies.
Something that I’ve really been getting into recently is understanding the natural flow of my body, especially since listening to Amy Kuretsky’s podcasts (check them out if you haven’t already!). This is something that really resonated with me especially as I tried to find an effective routine that for me as a new parent and working from home with no childcare for 18-months.
I may have mentioned before my love of routine and getting up early to workout is a big part of my morning rituals to help focus my mind and ease me into a new day. Working out in the morning, and having this as a major part of my routine primes me for my day. Working out earlier in the day leaves me feeling more energised and pretty great.
Right now, I’m having a mental battle when it comes to my weekly exercise routine. Working out in the evening suits our family lifestyle better and frees more time up in the morning. But, and this is a massive but, I feel drained by 4pm and have no motivation whatsoever to get off my butt and workout. So far this week, I’ve made a promise to myself to wake up to work in the early hours of the morning while my little boy is sleeping and exercise in the afternoon instead. You can probably guess the outcome already, come the afternoon I couldn’t be bothered to workout so it didn’t happen.
Changing course and going against your bodies natural flow can be a major struggle. Admittedly, over the past few months, I have let work take priority over my health and well-being. Making myself a top priority and becoming my passion project is a key focus of mine for the remainder of the year. When we move with our bodies natural flow things are more settled and balanced. There is no point in trying to squeeze a round peg into a square hole if it’s not going to leave you feeling great.
Over the next few weeks, I’m going to try to commit to getting my morning workout done in the morning. It’s not that I’m not motivated to workout, but leaving my workouts until later in the day doesn’t work with my bodies natural cycle. I’m an early bird rather than a night owl. I like to wake up earlier when I’m most productive and I feel less energised in the afternoon. Some people are more productive late into the night, but that’s not for me and I’ve realised that this is perfectly fine.