“Joyful Movement is fun, makes my heart sing and gets those endorphins flowing….”

 Welcome to Why We Move Part 5.

This is a series of interviews with health first pros who believe in finding the joy of movement and setting non appearance based goals.

I have been lucky enough over the past few weeks to talk to a large number of health first fitness professionals about why they move and how they define intuitive movement and how they listen to their bodies.

Next up is the amazing Jess Hughes.  Jess is a personal trainer based in Bristol who is hell bent on helping her clients build strength, confidence and find a place of self acceptance.  You can find her on Instagram @jesshughespt where she regularly posts technique sessions and mini workouts for everyBODY.  She’s a gem who is hugely supportive of other professionals who have the same dream.

Here’s Jess

Q. 1 What do you define as ‘joyful movement’?

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Movement that feels incredible, freeing and empowering. Something that is fun, makes my heart sing and gets those endorphins flowing! 

 

Q.2 What is your earliest memory of moving for fun and pure joy? 

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Dancing as a child, playing games and jumping on the trampoline in the garden with my siblings.  

 

Q.3 Do you feel you listen to your body as far as movement is concerned or do you follow a specific programme or schedule? 

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 Recently I’ve listened to my body a lot more and I feel more in tune with what feels good for me. When gyms were open I tried to follow a schedule, however working out at home has brought about a more positive and relaxed relationship with exercise. I am able to decide what sort of movement I would like to do each day without worrying about fitting in a certain number of sessions for the week. The most important thing for me is the fact that I am free from guilt, if I need to rest I let myself rest! I’m enjoying moving so much more! The only thing I schedule in is the classes I’m teaching online & my Monday morning runs which set me up for the week, and I’m aiming to complete a running challenge in June. 

 

Q.4 If exercise had ZERO impact on how your body looks, would your exercise choices be different? 

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 A few months ago, I probably would have said yes. Going to the gym my focus was on getting strong, but part of me wanted to achieve some sort of aesthetic goal too. However, being forced to adopt a more relaxed, intuitive approach to fitness during lockdown has meant that my answer is now no! I run to feel good, and I really enjoy teaching workouts each week via facebook and zoom. I’m enjoying lots of different types of movement for the way it makes me feel, having less pressure to do things a certain way has been amazing for me.  

 

Q.5 Why do you move?  (What motivates you and how does movement make you feel?) 

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I move because it helps me feel more positive and energised overall. Different types of movement bring different things. For example running is a challenge, but I feel accomplished afterwards and I’m motivated by that. Pilates & yoga helps me slow down and connect with my body. Dancing makes me feel empowered, and walking provides great headspace and connection to the outdoors as well as time to myself.

 

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