Nicole RaymondiComment

Nicole RaymondiComment
        Move through your day.   I  was part of an exchange program in high school that gave me the  opportunity to go to school in a small northern city of Italy called  Bolzano. I was fascinated with the Italian culture. The way they ate  fresh whole ingredients, sat around the table together, had such a calm  and care free attitude, and valued family above all else. But the  biggest takeaway I had was that they didn’t exercise. At least not in  the traditional sense.   They didn’t have to exercise the way we  do - planning ridiculously early morning gym sessions and time on our  yoga mat. Because exercise was just a natural part of their day. They  walked everywhere. They biked instead of drove. They took time to go to  the park in the afternoon. They were constantly moving in a culture  designed to support movement.   Unfortunately, many of us don’t  live that way in the US, and forcing ourselves to have more discipline  to get to the gym or our yoga mat often feels like an uphill battle. So  instead, add little ways to move throughout your day. Go for a walk in  the morning or while you’re talking on the phone, take the stairs, get a  standing desk and dance in front of your computer (personal fav), park a  little further away (LA peeps that one’s for you!), do some lunges in  the ladies room, whatever it is you can do, add movement back into your  day. You’ll feel lighter and hopefully as calm and carefree as an  Italian.

Move through your day.

I was part of an exchange program in high school that gave me the opportunity to go to school in a small northern city of Italy called Bolzano. I was fascinated with the Italian culture. The way they ate fresh whole ingredients, sat around the table together, had such a calm and care free attitude, and valued family above all else. But the biggest takeaway I had was that they didn’t exercise. At least not in the traditional sense.

They didn’t have to exercise the way we do - planning ridiculously early morning gym sessions and time on our yoga mat. Because exercise was just a natural part of their day. They walked everywhere. They biked instead of drove. They took time to go to the park in the afternoon. They were constantly moving in a culture designed to support movement.

Unfortunately, many of us don’t live that way in the US, and forcing ourselves to have more discipline to get to the gym or our yoga mat often feels like an uphill battle. So instead, add little ways to move throughout your day. Go for a walk in the morning or while you’re talking on the phone, take the stairs, get a standing desk and dance in front of your computer (personal fav), park a little further away (LA peeps that one’s for you!), do some lunges in the ladies room, whatever it is you can do, add movement back into your day. You’ll feel lighter and hopefully as calm and carefree as an Italian.

Life by Design was born out of a need for my own self-healing after decades of unresolved illness. It wasn’t until finding the courage to look within that I discovered it was my own belief system holding me back from experiencing a truly thriving life. We all have access to that thriving life. We just need to rediscover our power and ignite the healing-self. Only then can we unapologetically live a life by our own design.