Acceptance

We need to accept where we are right now. There is no point thinking about how things could have, would have or should have been. Things happen that we don’t expect or cannot always explain. We need to accept that. As difficult as this might be sometimes.

We also need to accept the body that we have and that our bodies change over time. Sure, I certainly believe in optimising our bodies to the best of their capabilities, but it is just that – to the best of their capabilities, not somebody else’s body’s capabilities. Some of our bodies are more flexible, others are better at endurance and some are just naturally more strong. Our joints are also all different – sometimes no amount of muscle and fascia flexibility will allow a certain joint structure to get into a certain position. We need to accept that.

There are things I could do in my early twenties – before pregnancies and births – that I simply cannot do now. When at first I couldn’t accept that, I tried to push myself beyond what my body could handle, with not so good consequences! Our bodies change with age and certain stressors. We need to be kind to ourselves, accept those changes and then work with them. It doesn’t mean that you will never get strong, flexible or fit again – it just means that strong, flexible or fit will look and feel a bit different than it used to. But it will still feel great irrespective!

We all have different demands on our time and availability. Some people can spend 2 hours a day training for a triathlon and others have to spend 2 hours a day taking care of their loved ones and would never be able to fit in 2 hours of training a day. That’s okay. If 5 minutes a day is all you have, make those 5 minutes count. Don’t give everything up because you can’t spend a large amount of time on it. Perhaps you can only do 5 minutes of focused movement, but you can squeeze in some other movement into different parts of the day – take a brisk walk to work, taking the stairs, stretching whilst watching TV with your kids. Be creative. And be accepting of where you are right now and that things change.

Give some thought to the things you beat yourself up about, that hold you back. Then think about what you can do with what you have right now – this body, this home, this family, this amount of time. Accepting this all in the present moment, you can then start deciding how to add practices to your daily life to help transform your current state of health and fitness.

Bronwen de Klerk Be Present
Bronwen de Klerk Be Present
Bronwen de Klerk Be Present
Bronwen de Klerk Be Present
Bronwen de Klerk Be Present
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