When you think of exercise what comes to mind? Well merriam-webster.com has this to say about exercise
- physical activity that is done in order to become stronger and healthier
- a particular movement or series of movements done to become stronger and healthier
- something that is done or practiced to develop a particular skill
but here’s the thing it isn’t “exercise” that we should be promoting, it’s movement.
Friends and I were talking the other day and someone mentioned a trainer she knows and this trainer has a lot of injuries, old and new from ‘working out’, from pushing her body to its limits. And while we can do that (esp when we are young) it will most likely come back to haunt us, in the form of damaged connective tissue, extremely tight muscles, and arthritis. But exercise is good for us you say and we have been told we should do it, need to do it, but now they tell us it could be bad for us….. sheeeshee, its hard to know what’s what anymore.
But here’s the things….. pay close attention please…
It isn’t really exercise we need, it’s movement. But isn’t that the same thing? Nope not really. Exercise is a specific physical activity, based in movement but movement isn’t always exercise.
Think of it this way…An object in motion stays in motion. Right?, thats just physics.
Its movement we need to stay healthy, to age well and to become stronger. And from a yoga standpoint it also about balance. The balance between too much, too little and just enough, we all need to go Goldie Locks on this idea of exercise.
We think of movment as something that happens to us, even if we are doing the exercise, we think of it as being an outside endeavor. Instead think of Movement as starting from the inside, movement in the body, movement in the breath and then moving them together, the synchronicity of movement. First, we move the body, then we move the body with the breath and when they move together then the energy within the body moves. It flows, its an ebb and tide it contracts and expands. It’s movement. From our cells flowing with prana to the earth revolving around the Sun its movement we need.
So what can you do to increase movement in your life? To make movement your lifestyle, not just some exercise you do for an hr 3 times a week.
**Walk your dog, every day.
**Play outside, with the kids, without the kids, with the dog. Make “Play” part of your life too. Climb trees, play kickball, hit some golf balls.
**If you have a job that requires sitting for long periods of time, set a reminder and get up for at least 5 mins every hour and for at least 15 min every 4 hours. Or better still if you can, get a standing desk.
**Dance while cleaning…. Crank up your favorite tunes and Dance like to one is watching. And if you find they are watching, smile and invite them to join you in the dance.
** Wash your own car instead of going through the drive-through car wash
**Limit how much TV you watch. There is so much to choose from any more cable, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu ect ect ect… that we probably spend more time surfing and “looking” for something to watch than actually watching something… If your guilty of that raise your hand
Yea me too!
**Keep a pair of sneakers & a change of clothes in your car in case the opportunity to walk arises… Plan for that opportunity.
**Park a few blocks away from your destination and walk the rest of the way
**Do toe raises and calf raises while standing in line at the store or bank
** Instead of meeting a friend for coffee meet at the park and walk while you catch up
There are endless possibilities for getting more movement in your life……Oh there’s one more
**Take some exercise classes several times a week, Dance aerobics, Zumba, Pilates, and of course Yoga… they are fun and you can make new friends, just be sure they are a part of the movement in your life, not the only movement.
See you at the park, I’ll be the one climbing a tree 😊