Let’s talk about intentional movement and how important it
is to our health. Wait. Don’t stop reading. I promise this is
not an exercise article. This is about your health.
Did you know that we have a serious problem of inactivity in our culture and it is literally killing us? The World Health Organization has identified physical inactivity as an independent risk factor for chronic disease development, and is now the fourth leading risk factor for death worldwide.
Think about your last 24 hours and ask yourself how much time you committed to intentional movement? To exercise? Did you know that even if you exercise 30 minutes a day but sit for the rest of it you are not doing enough to keep a healthy energy flow throughout your body? Evaluate your 24 hour activity and make a plan that increases your physical activity. Whatever you do, don’t stop moving.
What holds us back? Maybe it’s that we are not in the same shape anymore because we’ve accumulated more years or
more responsibilities or have more restrictions or injuries in our physical body. Or maybe you just never really were ‘into
exercise’ and prefer to come home and get straight to the couch.
The beauty of this life is that we are always moving forward. There is no other direction for us to go. So don’t give up on
healthy habits or physical activities. Don’t stop moving.
You have an abundance of opportunities to move your body regardless of physical ailments you may face or lack of exercise experience you may have. Try not to compare
yourself to other people, or even your younger self. As you grow, you must evolve, and so does your choice of intentional movement. Maybe movement means running or walking, lifting weights or playing sports. Or perhaps it is dancing,
hiking or gardening. It could be gentle slow movements such as Tai Chi, nature walks, yoga or swimming. Just keep evolving and adjusting and don’t stop moving.
Make small changes. This can be as simple as standing at your computer instead of sitting while you type emails or putting an alert on your phone every 15 minutes to stand up and do a few squats or taking a brisk walk during your lunch break. Just don’t stop moving.
Scheduling short periods of intentional movement throughout the day can help you clear your head, improve your emotional body, increase circulation and help you get in better tune with your own body. Allotting time throughout the day to be active and build self-awareness can be the difference between a healthful life and disease. When we have self-awareness, we
are more able to recognize trouble in our body and take the steps necessary to heal.
So whatever you do, please don’t stop moving.
Liz Glover Wilson, founder of Stone Wave Yoga, has been practicing for 20 years. She is a certified yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance, prenatal yoga instructor, Reiki master and artist. Lori Beers is a yoga instructor at Stone Wave Yoga. Stone Wave Yoga is located at 2694 U.S. 44 in Gardiner. For more information, contact or visit StoneWaveYoga.com.