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FreeTreat Activity 2: Love What You Do

By Michelle May, M.D.

(This post is the 2nd FreeTreat activity in our stay-at-home-retreat e-book – download it free here. It is Based on Chapter 24 of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat.)

Move with intention:
Be purposeful when you choose your activities.

  • Choose activities that suit your personality and mood.
  • Choose activities that meet your body’s physical needs.
  • Move with the goal of feeling better when you’re finished.

Move with attention:
Be attentive during your activities.Think-fit-and-active - Copy

  • Become aware of your surroundings, physical sensations, thoughts, and feelings.
  • Listen to your body’s cues of intensity, discomfort, and fatigue.
  • Appreciate your body’s stamina, flexibility, and strength.

Body-Mind-Heart Scan during Physical Activity

Become centered:
Tune into the experience and become aware of your body and your surroundings. Pay attention to the sights, sounds, aromas, weather, and other people in your environment.

Focus on your physical sensations:
Connect with your body. Tune into your breath, your heart rate, and other sensations. How does your body feel as you move? How do different activities and intensities feel? What do you need to do to make it more comfortable, challenging, or enjoyable?

Focus on your thoughts:
What thoughts are running through your mind? What feelings are your thoughts creating? How are your thoughts affecting your experience with this activity?

Focus on your feelings:
Become aware of your emotions. What feelings do you have about being active? Are you having fun or feeling punished? Are you enjoying the atmosphere, the other people, and the experience?

When you move with the intention of caring for yourself, you’ll choose activities that you find enjoyable while still challenging. When you’re attentive, you’ll appreciate your body’s incredible capacity to move.

Bring your full awareness to your physical activity this week to experience the power of mindfulness. (See FreeTreat e-book for details).

Please post a comment to tell us about some of your mindful movements.

Next post: FreeTreat Activity 3: Love What You Eat

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About the author

Michelle May, M.D. is a recovered yo-yo dieter and the founder of the Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Programs and Training. She is the award-winning author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat: A Mindful Eating Program to Break Your Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle , winner of seven publishing awards. She is also the author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes, Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Binge Eating, and Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating for Bariatric Surgery. Michelle shares her compelling message and constructive keynotes with audiences around the country, offers workplace wellness programs, and has trained and licensed hundreds of health professionals to facilitate Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Programs worldwide. She has been featured on Dr. Oz, the Discovery Health Channel, and Oprah Radio, and quoted in Diabetic Living, Fitness, Health, Huffington Post, Parents, Self, USA Weekend, US News & World Report, WebMD and many others. Her personal success story was published in Chicken Soup for the Dieter's Soul. Michelle cherishes her relationships with her husband, Owen and grown children, Tyler and Elyse. She regularly enjoys practicing yoga and hiking near her home in Phoenix, Arizona. She and Owen, a professional chef, share a passion for gourmet and healthful cooking, wine tasting, photography, and traveling.

One Comment

  1. Connie Hendry says:

    I’ve noticed that as I become mindful of my thought, and intentionally run positive dialogue instead of negative self defeating dialogue, I stand taller and move more freely. Breathing is deeper and cleansing, not shallow and stale. Nice reminder!

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