by Health Coach Sheri
“Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states.”
“Movement” is a much gentler word to the ear than “exercise” and far easier to achieve daily for those of us not vying for gym rat status. For many, the words, “exercise,” “working out”, and “going to the gym” evoke a sense of dread followed by a whole list of reasons why tomorrow may be a better day to begin. If we believe that movement is a medicine for not just the body but also our psychological wellbeing, then why don’t we do more of it? When we consider that our bodies are made up of over 650 muscles and 360 joints, it stands to reason that we were designed for movement. After all, that’s a whole lot of moving parts just to allow them to rust out from lack of use.
We know we should be active but why? How does movement benefit the body? Think of your body as a body of water. The stiller the water, the more likely for it to become stagnant. Stagnant waters become an incubator for all kinds of bacteria and disease. Movement helps facilitate the free flow of the body’s fluids, which helps to release harmful toxins and pump fresh, nourishing blood to every cell to revitalize tissues. Consistent movement has a dramatic effect on reducing the risk of diabetes, obesity, heart disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, and even some cancers.
If someone were to tell you that there’s a “magic” pill that will most likely,
Reduce stress, anxiety, and depression
Increase happy chemicals in your body
Clear your mind for greater creativity and problem-solving
Take your mind off your problems
Help keep your brain growing
Protect the brain from dementia
would you be interested in getting a prescription for such a wonder drug? Research tells us that even our brains are improved, moods are elevated, and creativity increases after taking just a 15-minute walk. Plus, there are no harmful side effects! What does your “magic pill” look like?
Is it walking, jogging, cycling, hiking, dancing, joining an exercise class, yoga, or sports? Feel free to mix it up so you don’t get bored. Remember, the best exercise program is the one you do. So, whatever you do, take your “medicine” regularly, out in the fresh air whenever possible, and encourage your friends to take theirs too.