Know your limit... Play within in it...

Now that I am in my 60s I notice my body is demanding I make different decisions regarding my physical activities... As I listen to my bodys messages I realize it is time to be more respectful of its abilities and limitations...

As a child, I had a physical challenge which affected my ability to walk... resulting in several years of surgery and adjustments. I had been advised to limit running activities which seemed a small price to pay for my mobility, however, in my 30s I discovered the joy of running and began playing Squash as well. For the next 12 years I used these activities as a way of releasing stress; until one day, like a little puppet whose strings are cut, I dropped to the floor... I then realized why the advice regarding running activities had been given. Sadly, my running and squash days ended and I was left wondering what now...

I discovered hiking was a great replacement and began once again to make unrealistic demands... rather than going for a good 1 hour hike Id head out for 5+ hours and return in pain... I was unwilling to accept my limitation even though after an extended hike it could take me days/weeks to recover... I did finally realize a short hike meant I could go out again the next day... Im a slow learner when it comes to my body I guess...

My ego says... Whats the big deal go out and do it...

My body say... Hold on a minute...

I am listening to my body now rather than the athlete within me who is still addicted to the rush of the game... I enjoy playing and intend to play and be healthy for many years ahead... Being understanding of my own physical limitations is the key... Ill admit there are days when I look at my runners and feel the urge to take flight, however, I remind myself of the crash that can occur and release myself from my egos demand...

I have accepted my limit and am playing within it... Life is good my body is healthy... I ask you to take a look at your own self talk are you in the egos grip or are you making loving supportive decisions... find a physical activity that supports your whole being and enjoy healthy, happy play time.

 

Today I...
Make reasonable choices
Listen to my bodys messages
Welcome new ways of playing and enjoying life
And so it is...

Love Liz

Liz Robitaille is an internationally recognized Louise L. Hay teacher and founder of Wisdom is Within Coaching.  She can be reached at 877-986-5321 or liz@wisdomiswithin.com

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