Move Naturally

Move Naturally
by Reese Gray

Although we strive for active lifestyles to acquire for good health, our weather can be bit extreme.  Let’s face reality, we do live in Texas.  And no matter what we plan, we live in a fast paced hustle and bustle world that constantly interrupts our best made plans for routine exercise activities.

But still the messages are clear. For a healthy you there are requirements you have to meet, on physical activity, eating and mental clarity all to ensure the healthy lifestyle we all search for.

No matter how busy you are or how hectic your life is, you still have the small back to basics it takes to add some needed movement to your life.  Just move naturally.

Add a few steps to your day, and a little exercise can go a long way:
•    Park in the farthest space in the parking lot, or at least adjust to 5-10 spaces out from your norm
•    Take the opportunity to stand and move around in your office area while on phone calls
•    Take the stairs over using the elevator
•    Keep an eye on your posture – sit tall, stand straight and move with purpose
•    Take meetings on the go. Ask a coworker to “walk with me” and chat about the meeting topics
•    Walk the dog
•    Play some active family games weekly
•    Park the car when you get home and walk back to the mailbox
•    Take a little short 10 minute walk before or after dinner

Striving for convenience has made us a bit on the lazy side.  Consider that we pay a gym extreme amounts of money to help us exercise our bodies but we scramble for a parking space right near the door of the facility.  We buy expensive shoes to enable our special sports program but we pay the neighbor kid to mow the yard.

Improving your mental health and mood
Regular physical activity can help keep your thinking, learning, and judgment skills sharp as you age.  And you can’t start this too early.  It can also reduce your risk of depression and may help you sleep better. Research has shown that doing even lower levels of physical activity can be very beneficial.

Increase your chances of living longer
Science shows that physical activity can reduce your risk of dying early from the leading causes of death, like heart disease and some cancers.  Everyone can gain the health benefits of physical activity – age, ethnicity, shape or size do not matter.

Intensity and  aerobic activity are the ultimate goal in exercise but  factually, the activities we need to keep our bodies healthy and fit are all around us NATURALLY, oh they may not be the most popular activities but let’s face it working in a garden should bring you much more pleasure than mindless sit-ups and tummy crunches.

And when you can or if you are ready to add extra exercise after moving to a natural movement lifestyle, try a membership at the Natatorium so you can swim all year long.  That is an activity that is healthy for your body and it can actually be utilized in North Texas whether in January or July.

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