MOVE To Feel Good!


exercising_in_park.jpgDid you know stress, hard work, and mental pressure all create tension in your body? Over time, if proper care is not given to these pockets of tightness, discomfort, chronic aches and injury can occur. Your body is meant to move, and movement can alleviate built-up physical tensions.

If exercise is that great for us, then why, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), do 80% of American adults not get enough of recommended exercise? What makes this so difficult?

After long, hard days of work and mental stress, many people, perhaps without even realizing, try to alleviate symptoms of stagnation with alcohol and sugar. Both are inflammatory, which may provide momentary relief, but long-term, only add more discomfort.

Instead, moving your body is the ideal way to release physical tension and discomfort. The key is to find exercise that suits your lifestyle and body type. The challenge is to find a type of exercise that you enjoy most and add in to your daily routine.

Sounds simple, right?

Here are a few tips that will make it easier to put together a menu of exercise options perfect for you and your lifestyle:

1. What type of activity did you love as a child? Did you bike, dance, run? Think about this. Chances are that if you loved a certain activity as a kid, you will still like it!

2. What does your body need today? Listen to your body. What does it need to stay balanced? Feeling unfocused? Try vigorous exercise, like running, to help make you feel powerful and strong. Feeling stressed? How about trying a more gentle form of exercise, like swimming or yoga, to help you feel lighter?

3. What’s your personality type? If you are a quiet, private person, consider buying a jump rope and some hand weights to move in the comfort of your own home. If you like being around groups of people, consider team sports. Perhaps a combination of both through group fitness classes, such as pilates or karate, might work best for you.

4. What’s the best time of day for you? Pick a time of day to exercise. When does your body respond best to exercise? Some people think more clearly during the day if they are able to add in some AM activity. Others enjoy easing into the day and finishing strong with exercise. Perhaps a mid-day jog might give you an energy boost to get through the afternoon? There’s no right or wrong. It’s just a matter of finding what works best for you.

5. Convenience and comfort are important. Thinking about gyms or studios that are “on your way” and not “out of your way” and that are welcoming and comfortable will enhance your chance of success!

6. Keep it simple! Remember, exercise doesn’t have to be complicated or fancy. A brisk walk in the park might be all you need.

Explore movement options that are right for you. Build yourself a menu of exercises you enjoy and add activity in each day. Before long, it will be as simple as brushing your teeth!

For an extra movement boost, check out our Tour de ProEx, 10 day, 28 minute/day, MOVE Challenge that began on 10/17! Join in the fun!