How moving your body improves your health

Our bodies are designed to move. Sedentary lifestyles are on the rise. The World Health Organization reports that approximately two million people die every year from causes related to physical inactivity. Those numbers are scary, even alarming. But the good news is that you don’t need medication, a doctor’s appointment, or anything that cost any money to do something about it! I will show you how moving your body improves your health: body, mind and spirit.

 

Our healthcare system focuses on procedures and medications, which are sometimes necessary- but regardless, the main focus should be on physical activity and nutrition. These two things alone are the most effective way to increase health and combat disease. I don’t think it is a surprise to anyone that physical activity and nutrition are important, but education alone is not enough- we need a plan!

How moving your body improves your health: body, mind and spirit:

First step- How much is enough?

The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that adults 18-65 years old get 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week. That figures out to about 22 minutes a day. You can even break that into 2 times a day for 11 minutes each time. The point is- it is doable. It doesn’t require hours at the gym! You could do a vigorous walk for 11 minutes in the morning and another one in the evening. Or you could put some dance music on and dance it out.

How to do it?

Just knowing we need to do this, won’t make it happen. In one of my favorite books “Atomic Habits” by James Clear, he shares a study that was done with 3 groups of people regarding increasing physical activity.

  • Group A was told to log their exercise.
  • Group B was told to log their exercise AND given education about why physical activity is important.
  • Group C was told to write down what they were going to do for exercise, where they were going to exercise and when they were going to exercise.

The only group that had a vast increase in their exercise was Group C. When starting a new habit, the most important thing is… being specific about it. Write it down- including what, when and where.

Example- Write out on a note card:

I am going on a 15 minute walk every morning at 7am & every evening at 7pm.

Then, set an alarm on your phone, put your shoes and socks out each night before bed, invite a friend to come along or make a special play list or find a podcast that you ONLY listen to during your walk. Make it fun!

See my post on “20 practical ways to get more movement into your day” for some easy ideas!

I would love to know your thoughts about this- email me back at faith@reallifewellness.com

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