Note: if you are not used to regular exercise, before beginning any new workout routine, it is important to CONSULT WITH A DOCTOR OR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL.
Moving is the best thing you can do for your mind, body and soul. It provides a level of healing, sustenance and wellness that few things can compete with. We encourage our patients to move not just as a path to recovery but to employ it as a sustainable way for developing/maintaining strength and for general mental wellness. This is not new information for our readers, but the general practice by most does not include integrating movement into our lives daily in a meaningful way. We know moving is good for us, so why do so many of us neglect to move?
We Take Movement for Granted
We miss it most when it’s gone. We tend to only remember that movement is a privilege when we get injured. We are reminded of the luxury of being able to walk when we sprain an ankle, injure a knee or pull a hamstring. Or how important fingers are, only after we sprain one of them. Or how dependent we are on our back when strain or exertion from the day before makes it hard to sit up to get out of bed. There are countless instances where we are reminded of how important our bodies are not just to compete in sport but for everyday living.
What’s at Stake?
One thing is certain, the less we move now, over time than can translate into a decrease in our ability to move comfortably for everyday living. Everyday things like getting up from a chair, bending to pick up a box, putting on your socks, walking up steps, going down onto the floor. Whether you decide to move more or move less the effects will compound over time. Just like compounding interest, a little can grow into a lot. Investing in daily movement now will compound over time into building strength, heart health, improved mental wellness, lowering stress, minimizing joint pain, weight management, improved sleep, better balance and more brainpower. The reverse also holds, less movement will create the reverse effects with the same benefits just shared. And the effects can sneak up on you unexpectedly – coughing too hard throws out your back, you pull a hamstring running to catch a bus, etc.
So How Can We Move More?
If you’re interested in adding more movement into your day, be deliberate and create a plan. Start with figuring out what your goal is:
Once you’ve identified your goal(s), it’s time to design a plan. Planning includes what type of activity you are going to do when you are going to do it, and whether you need some support (a friend or a trainer). The type of activity you decided on should be in alignment with your goal. For example, if you’re interested in sustaining your fitness level, 30 mins of daily activity can do the trick. But, if you are interested in strengthening or losing weight, you’ll need a larger time commitment (approx. 60 – 90 mins), at least 3 times a week.
To Build a Habit of Movement…Start Simple
If incorporating more movement/activity into your day, is a new thing for you start with simple steps. For example, don’t set a goal of running in a marathon in 3 months and schedule 30-minute runs 5 days a week. Instead, begin with basic movement like a 25-minute brisk walk every other day and build from there. If you prefer to walk inside you can check out Walk at Home by Leslie Sansone on Youtube. If building strength is the goal, it won’t be safe to start with 60-minute workouts lifting heavy weights. Begin with a 10 to 15-minute workout relying solely on body-weight – you can YouTube “HIIT workout”, “Calisthenics”, or “Full body workout, no equipment” for ideas and motivation (there are many videos to chose from).
Tips to Help You Succeed
Good Luck as You Work to Move More
Remember movement is good medicine. So, use it so you don’t lose it.
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