Choose Movement that Makes You Smile

Emily Rosen, Director of The Institute for the Psychology of Eating is a great resource. Below, is a link to her brief talk on _DSC4508exercise. Rosen’s concept is that you should choose to engage in movement that appeals to you. Don’t force it, don’t fight it. Move in a way that makes you happy.

When we engage in behaviors that are forced they have the capacity to take on a punitive feel. This is the last thing that you want to do if your goal is to implement habits that lead toward greater health.  The process of figuring out what appeals to you can be a lot of fun.  It can also be applied to other aspects of your life: food, movement, work, leisure time, even friendships.

When you engage in life in a way that feels natural to you, you will experience flow.  Flow is a state of being in which you begin to merge action and awareness, experience effortless concentration, and lose self-consciousness (Csikszentmihalyi 1993; Nakamura & Csikszentmihalyi 2002).

The experience of flow also gives you the opportunity to savor your life experiences in an authentic way.  Savoring, the act of taking time to notice and swish around small moments of contentment and joy, will increase feelings of happiness long and short term (Bryant, 2006).

Exercise is a Loaded Word – By Emily Rosen