We’ve come to prioritize and privilege rarefied forms of movement in our culture, usually involving gym memberships and special clothes and/or equipment, but your body does not care – your body cares about whether you can do your activities of daily living with adequate energy and strength, and how well your heart and lungs function. You don’t need a gym membership to do any of that (though if you just like going to the gym, then bully for you.)One reason I need to see this is that when I go to the doctor, they ask me whether I exercise, and if I say yes, they say "What do you do, and how often?" And if I say what I actually think, which is "I weigh $LARGENUMBEROFUNITS and so everything I do is exercise," they look at me funny.
Even if you are disabled, even if you have some impairment, your body is still exploring – from the bat of an eyelash to a trip to the bathroom. You are negotiating, discovering, navigating a physical existence.
You were made for this world. You belong in it, and it belongs to you.
Eating and moving: your right to exist, and a world in which to exist. They are not rivals. They do not annihilate each other. They collaborate to make a whole person, body and soul.
I know, it doesn't fit into the little box on their patient info form.
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