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Home > Health Information > Joshua's Thoughts on Health > Our Bodies Are Meant To Move

Our Bodies Are Meant to Move

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Regular Movement

One of the most important aspects of maintaining whole health is regularly moving your body. In today's modern world, which has allowed for many conveniences, we have become much more sedentary than in the past. If you don't work in a job where you are physically active, than it is possible that you are not getting enough exercise. The word exercise may have negative connotations for some people, but I am not talking about forcing yourself to torture yourself with activities that do not fulfill you. I am talking about being fully alive in every way, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Moving your body is part of a balanced, fulfilling lifestyle and can have numerous benefits in all areas of your life.

Choosing an Activity to Get Started

The key here is moving your body. It doesn't have to be at a gym, or doing an activity that you don't enjoy. If you resonate with the gym, that's great. If not, there are many other ways to move your body. And you can choose an activity that suits your needs. For example, if you are overwhelmed with stress and anxiety, then maybe gentle yoga would be good for you. If you are feeling hyper-sensitive, or in need of empowerment, you could try taking martial arts. Being in the great outdoors is a wonderful way to exercise, because nature can be very calming for the mind, as well as invigorating. Hiking, biking, swimming, gardening, or any number of outdoor activities may not even feel like exercise, but can provide all of the benefits.

Taking the First Step

Exercise is great because it can balance the body's biochemistry and metabolism. It can calm and clarify the mind. It can be a constructive outlet for excess energy or emotions. It lifts the spirits, and can give you an overall feeling of well-being. The benefits of moving the body are too numerous to mention. So why is it that many people are in need of more exercise? One simple reason is inertia. An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion, unless acted upon by a force. To start moving your body requires some additional exertion to overcome the resistance that many people feel. Once a regular exercise routine is established, and a person is feeling good, it is easier to continue. That's not to say that you will never experience resistance again, but once the ball is rolling, it's easier to keep it moving.

Set Yourself Up To Succeed

So how does one overcome resistance to start moving the body? There are many factors that can affect one's energy levels and motivation to exercise. One is sleep. Adequate sleep is essential to a balanced and healthy lifestyle, and can support a person in maintaining an exercise routine. Another is diet. If a person is lacking certain nutrients and is experiencing deficiency, it could affect one's energy levels and feeling of wellbeing, which could hinder one's ability to exercise. In addition to a wholesome diet one way to ensure that you cover all of your nutritional bases is through supplementation. Taking a daily multivitamin, or supplementing with a superfoods greens powder, may help combat deficiencies in the body. Another way to jump-start an exercise routine is to connect with people. Take a group fitness class, find a workout buddy, or at least make your commitment to exercise known to a loved one who will hold you accountable. It is through our connections with people that we grow, and exercising is no different.

Any Activity is Better Than None

Basically the key is to move your body, in any way that you can. Find an activity that is enjoyable to you, start a new hobby, join a club, or do anything that gets you moving. We need to break free of our comfort zones in order to attain new levels of achievement and fulfillment. We need to break free of our limiting behaviors and beliefs. And the wonderful thing is, as we begin our journey to become physically fit, it will support us in our other endeavors as well. So make a decision right now to try something new, take action, and follow through. Whatever it is that you desire, realize that moving your body is an integral part of having a healthy, fulfilling, and joyful life.



Written by Joshua

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