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Thanksgiving is here! The time of year where we are supposed to eat as many portions, of as much as we can, of whatever we like, and sit on the couch watching football, with no regret….right? No! Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks. I feel we can all find things to be thankful for whether or not our life is perfect. I am thankful for having a great job and to be surrounded by good people. I am thankful to have; a wonderful family, great friends, been born and raised in a small town with a great deal of community support and to now live in a another great small town with equally great community support.
So, what are you thankful for? My guess is that you found something. However, if I were to bet on what you gave thanks for, I would bet you did not give thanks to your body! I am a personal trainer and in my list above, I forgot to list it. Perhaps you gave thanks for your health and we should. Without our health we cannot exist. None the less, our body deserves a separate thank you since it does so much for us.
Without the body we would simply be a mind and a spirit. Our body allows our mind and spirit to be productive. Our minds could not communicate an idea without our tongue, lips, lungs and vocal chords working in unison to produce sound. That idea could not be constructed without our arm, hands, fingers and opposable thumbs to assemble it. Without our body the constructed idea could not be moved to other people for use. Similarly, our spirit could not help a friend, family member or stranger who is in need without our body. We are unable to show affection to others from our spirit without touch, expressions or body language. It is often thought that the mind and spirit are trapped inside the body, but perhaps the truth is that the body actually allows these two entities to be free.
So how do we give thanks to our bodies? For some people who work physically demanding jobs, or who have malnourished bodies, maybe sitting on the couch watching football and feasting on high calorie foods is a way to thank their bodies. For others, to best give thanks to their body maybe a walk before and after your thanksgiving meal is a good idea. A person struggling to lose weight may give thanks to their body by trying some of everything on the thanksgiving spread, but only eating very small portions of those foods. Perhaps you may need to give thanks to an aching body by taking a yoga class or by getting a massage. There are so many ways to give thanks to your body but the key is to think about what is best for your body and then, thank it!