The joy of movement: How to create a sustainable exercise routine
You’ve heard it all before – exercise is good for you. But let’s be real – it’s not always easy to
create healthy habits and start a new routine. We get it. Life throws you curveballs and
before you know it every minute of the day is absorbed in something that feels infinitely
more necessary than movement. We don’t need to tell you that exercise makes you feel
great or that it brings a plethora of benefits – from improved mental clarity and boosted
mood to a sense of overall wellbeing. You need practical tips to kickstart your journey, and
we’re here to guide you every step of the way. So, if you’re ready to begin your joyous
journey of movement, let’s dive in!
Find something you love
Surrender to the call of your body. In this era of distractions and busyness, we often forget
to listen to the gentle whispers of our bodies. Reclaim your innate wisdom by tuning into
the desires of your physical vessel – aka – find an exercise that you love. Of course, there
will always be moments of challenge. Maybe you don’t love the burning sensation in your
legs as you climb the stairs – but you love being outside and are in awe of the view at the
top. Perhaps your muscles scream at you in that reformer Pilates class, but you love the
teacher and the community and the way you feel at the end of the practice. Move in the
direction of exercise that nourishes you – be it yoga, dancing, barre, or HIIT. You can choose
your own adventure.
Embrace the power of consistent, baby steps
Maybe you need to go boot-camp style to begin. Join the studio, try all the classes! But then
remember – even the grandest of achievements begin with a single step. Set achievable
goals to ensure success. Maybe you commit to one Pilates session and one yoga class a
week, or a 20 minute walk every day. Maybe you go to a barre class a fortnight or jump on
the trampoline with your kids for five minutes a day – whatever feels doable to start.
Consistency is key and forms the foundation for lasting change.
Seek support and community
Surround yourself with friends who share your passion for wellness. Join a supportive
community (like our Pilates, barre and yoga studio in Willoughby, Sydney if you’re local!)
where you can connect with and be uplifted by others. In the shared rhythm of laughter and
sweat you can also discover the joy of community.
Set realistic expectations
Remember that progress takes time and is not always linear. Some days you’ll glide with
grace, and at times you’ll likely stumble. Avoid the urge to compare yourself to others or
expect immediate results. Embrace the experience and allow yourself to enjoy the
opportunity for personal growth. Celebrate small victories, be patient with yourself, and
trust the wisdom of the journey.
Perhaps you have a goal to lose weight or increase strength – but exercise is also a beautiful
opportunity to cultivate mindfulness and connect with your body on a deeper level. During
your exercise practices focus on your breath and let your body be guided into the present
moment. Incorporate rest days into your routine and engage in activities that promote
relaxation – such as yoga or meditation. By honouring your body’s need for rest and
relaxation, you’ll set up sustainable exercise habits that support you as you age.