Let’s Get Moving

Let’s Get Moving

No matter what nutritional plan you are on–I don’t like the word diet–none of them will work unless you include two things: water and movement.

Notice I did not say exercise. Not everyone can participate or likes or even wants to have a specific exercise routine. But all of us do move.

At least we should be moving to stay healthy, flexible, and strong. And to burn the calories we take in everyday from our nutritional plan. If we are not burning calories–our body stores them as fat–in the event we need them in the future.

If we don’t need those calories in the future and we do not burn them–they stay with us–forever.

Here is some good news:  Our bodies at rest do burn calories!  So we can basically just BE and we are burning calories.

(This calculator on the internet can give you and idea of how many calories you burn at rest each day.)

Here is the bad news: Our bodies at rest do not burn enough on a daily basis based on our consumption rate to keep us at a healthy body weight.

Of course, the more you move, the more you burn!  

So I do encourage everyone to embrace an exercise plan. Regardless of your age you can find an activity that you can incorporate into your life as exercise.

Walking, for example, is a wonderful exercise. It gets you moving, the heart pumping and the oxygen flowing in your body. There are countless gadgets you can use to track how much you walk–from telephone apps to watches, bracelets and clip devices you can have on you!

They count your distance in steps, miles or kilometers and can tell you how many calories you have burned each day! Some of these devices will even monitor your heart rate and whether or not you have climbed a flight of stairs!  Amazing!

Your goal would be to walk a little bit more each day than you did the day before to get some real movement into your life.

And, we shouldn’t underestimate all the other movement we do in a day too! Housework, gardening, mowing the lawn, laundry–that all counts (and burns calories!) especially if we are bending, lifting, walking, and climbing to do them!

A word about calories–Calories are a way to measure energy. We are, as humans, made up of energy. Calories is just the scientific measure of the energy in and energy out that makes up our physical, working bodies.

Anyone or any plan that tells you calories don’t matter when trying to balance your healthy intake and outtake of nutritional needs is not being completely honest with you. It matters–because YOU matter!

And so, the more you move–the more your body will ask you to move. And the more you listen to your body the better your relationship with your body will be.

After all–the longest relationship you will have on this earth is your relationship to yourself…and it is a very important one! We should make our relationship to ourselves a meaningful one.

Exercise and movement are one of the most important things you can do to stay healthy–in body, soul and mind.

Find your movement–whatever that is. Get moving and find people that will move along with you! You will be pleasantly surprised how much better you will feel and how much your body will perform. And along the way you just might help others get moving too!

We only have one life folks!  Let’s get moving!

However you decide to move today–have fun!

 

The Choice of Health

The Choice of Health

We all make choices in our lives.  Part of this journey I am on is about making the new choices to live the best life I can live and to live to my highest purpose–whatever that may be.

One of the things I have been thinking about changing in my life is my level of health.

Being healthy and looking healthy has always been an important value for me, and while I consider myself to be in good health, I know there is always room for improvement.

Another thing I value is knowledge. And so I have been researching and reading about how to be the healthiest I can be.

The regular health articles have come up of course–hydrate, eat right and exercise. I have also found many “how to” articles about how to start eating right, why to exercise, or lists of reasons why people should be healthy.

I was surprised that there would be so many articles written to help convince people to be healthy. But after I thought about it for a while, it isn’t surprising at all.

People have many excuses for not being healthy but the main ones cited in many articles I read were these:

  • I don’t have time to exercise
  • Eating healthy is expensive
  • I can’t be “healthy” at social gatherings, family holidays etc
  • I am too tired to exercise
  • Healthy food is not available where I live
  • I have no will power
  • I don’t want to miss out
  • My friends and family would not understand

Ultimately, this is what I have learned–being healthy is a choice. I choose healthy.  And I have decided to do 4 simple things:

  1. I am going to make time for myself–to exercise, to eat right and to educate myself on the best ways for doing both.
  2. I am going to find the best foods and the best habits for healthy living.
  3. I am going to honor my own thoughts, beliefs and values before anyone else’s.
  4. I am going to help others if they choose they want to live healthy lives too.

Making choices about health in and of itself is a journey and it is hard work. If I want to live the best life I can live–I have to start with my health. Health is going to give me the strength, the stamina, the longevity and the ability to move to do all the other things I want to do in my life.

We may take our health for granted because we have gotten used to the few extra pounds, the headaches, the allergies, the small twinges. We may be afraid to make changes in our lives that the people we most care about would not understand or appreciate. Any type of change takes courage.

And all change takes choice. The funny thing is–at least to me–has been that making the choice has been the easiest part. Taking action is much harder. It takes planning and thought and deliberate intention.

These intentions and the work you put in is what helps us reach our best potential–our highest self–and sometimes our purpose.

It’s time for action.

Have you been thinking about improving your health?  What parts of your health would you like to see a change in? Do you suffer from a condition or disease that could be changed through healthier living? What is holding you back?

Comment below about how you would like to improve your health or your life in general. I would love to read your thoughts!

And remember to have fun–our health is what allows us to live the life we want to live!