Welcome to January! For many the start of the new year is a time to start something new in their lives. Though this is an admirable ideal, most new years resolutions, especially those involving drastic exercise regimes or diets, only last a couple of weeks. Is this lack of resolve due to weakness on the part of the resolver? Generally, no.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, winter is a time when energy moves deep into the core of the body. It is natural for our limbs to be cooler, our energy levels to be lower, for it to be a little harder to wake in the morning, and for a little bit of extra weight to settle on our frames. In essence our bodies naturally want to hibernate. During this time of year our bodies are using that deep energy to heal and repair injuries from the previous year, solidifying ideas and goals that we put into place and planning for new goals when the weather warms. And there is the crux, the body doesn’t want you doing anything extreme during this time as it disrupts its natural winter processes.
Keeping the energy flows of the body in mind, the following are some things that the body would really rather not try to do in the winter and therefore make poor choices for resolutions.
- Starting a new exercise routine
- Starting a weight loss program
- Doing cleanses or fasts
- Giving up a long standing vice like smoking or drinking
- Making dietary changes that involve eliminating heavier foods like meat or bread
All of the above examples are asking your body to moving energy outward, away from the core. If you have been exercising already, keeping the routine going in the winter is ok, though you […]