Friday, February 5, 2010

It's Friday not Wednesday!

Well somehow my Monday and Tuesday posts were not posted until Wednesday and Thursday, weird. It seems my Wednesday and Thursday posts are now missing in cyberspace. So, you'll have to tune in next week for De-Stress Wednesday and Nutrition Thursday, where you'll learn a yummy, healthy, fat burning recipe that you can cook in under 15 minutes! For now let's get caught up to Friday.
Fridays are I.A.M. days. I.A.M. is an acronym for Independent Authentic Movement. This is a class I created in 2008 to help women get in touch with their bodies, to help them learn to move freely and to help them find their movement passion. 
Think back to when you were a child, chances are there was some form of movement that gave you tremendous joy and made you feel alive. The movement you loved came easily and you felt like you could move like that all day. For some it was a sport, for others running around the neighborhood, swimming, dance or playing on the playground equipment but all of us at one point loved to move. I.A.M. is about teaching you how to reconnect to your movement passion. 
The way I teach this is by introducing different free flowing movements in the class, moving your hips, belly, arms and legs in a way that you probably have not done since you were eight. I help women get acquainted with their own bodies again, to let go of the fear of movement.

You can do this at home and I highly recommend that you do. Once you connect to what movement you truly love to do, it becomes fun not exercise and you'll want to do it daily as often as you can. If you have a child under ten observe them. Watch how they play at the playground, how they really love the sport they are doing or how they love to dance and move to music in their room. It's refreshing and freeing to see how they move their bodies without any regard to who's watching, what they look like or if they are doing it properly, they just move and they have fun.
Write a list of all the things you loved to do as a child and try them out again, don't worry about what anyone is going to say or how you look doing it, like Nike says "Just do it!".
If you loved to play on the playground go out and swing, if you loved to dance find a local beginners dance class, if you loved to run join a beginners running club, or my favorite just turn on your favorite music and let your body go! Move your hips, move your chest, move your belly, move your arms, move your legs, let every part of your body move freely until you are laughing and exhausted. This is not only good for the body but it's good for the mind and the soul!

Have fun, it's FRIDAY!!!

Stay Purely Fit ~ Shannon

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