Movement is a great way to enhance the other strategies we offer at Beacon. 

We get questions all the time about exercise and working out and how they correlate with weight loss. Often when we see an overemphasis on exercise, though, we see a tendency toward weight gain associated with it. 

Excessive thinking about exercise is no doubt a result of our history with diet trauma and diet drama. 

It can be confusing, because we hear all the time that exercise is good for us. 

It is. Here’s the thing, though: exercise is more effective in maintaining weight loss than in losing weight. Although exercise is good for us on many levels—physically, emotionally and spiritually— research shows that when it comes to losing weight, the focus needs to be on healthful eating, not working out.

That does not mean we should not move.  We move at Beacon. Emotionally and physically.  

Words like exercise and working out are loaded with expectations and emphasis on results.  In fact, research shows that people often eat more when they know they are going to exercise or plan to work out to work it off.

At the start, when we are lovingly changing our relationship with food and with ourselves, we keep it simple. We let go of sugar and flour, for example.  It may be daunting to add the pressure on ourselves to work out too.  

So, what do we do?

We simply suggest moving more.  Even movement associated with housework will benefit us.  You can walk a bit more. You can get up and move around during TV commercials..

Soon enough you will naturally want to be more physical because you will feel amazing when you are eating healthy beautiful foods that love you back and you see weight start to release from your body.  

Now, if you’re looking to add FUN into your movement, we say this too: Dance more! Get your flow on!

It can be a waltz with your partner, it can be a waltz with yourself, it can be a simple shimmy around the house to increase your heart rate and lift your mood. 

Start your day dancing to your favorite song; create a few playlists with a balance of fast and slow and let yourself go. While dancing isn’t a miracle, there is scientific evidence that it can be a tool for health and healing; it increases dopamine and serotonin (the feel-good chemicals). Win, win!

So here’s our advice to you: dance like no one is watching—or like everyone is watching.

Shine bright!

 

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