How amazing is it to move freely, walk where we need to go, dance when we want to dance, play with the dog, balance on one foot, jump and skip! ❤ 💕 In my early 20’s I had a moment of revelation and you know, in my mind’s eye, I can still see the exact spot! As I was following an elderly lady who had trouble walking, out of nowhere I had this insightful moment where I was grateful for my youth and health. At the same time I was also aware I was in charge of my body and had to look after it so it would serve me well as I aged. There is a lot of talk about exercise and I see many friends and clients cringe hearing the word as it brings up different images for each one of them. Why don’t we talk about movement as this is what we do every day without thinking? Dropped a pen, need the jar on the top shelf, playing with the dog? We bend, stretch and twist our bodies through these activities! They are so much part of each day, that we don’t see them as ‘exercise’, or even beneficial. Throughout our lives, how we move, the activities we are involved with may change however, we need to always move. Every single day we can incorporate a little bit of dancing – even at home, playing with the children, the grandchildren or the dog. Let’s not forget about vacuuming, cleaning the shower, getting off the tram earlier, etc. There are so many ways to move our bodies. Movement is good for so many reasons. Not only are all muscles stronger, but brain and gut health also benefit. It is now recommended to include some form of exercise when there are serious to very serious illnesses. Physical and mental health improve, as blood flow increases and daylight reaches the brain. Moods improve also as happy hormones flow more freely. All body systems need us to move to function efficiently:
- the heart is stronger – improved blood flow
- digestion is more efficient – leaner body
- lung capacity increases – more oxygen in the body
- hormones are better regulated – these include happy hormones and those involved in reproduction
- the brain – improved focus and function
- the lymphatic system – improved elimination of waste materials
As we age, there is an increased risk of falls as our sense of balance changes. There is increased hesitation around steps, gutters, etc. Many elderly people experience falls, sometimes with serious injury such as a fractures pelvis. Strengthening muscles around the hips, at any age, is very helpful to either prevent falls or reduce the severity of injuries if still falling. For your own benefit and health, movement is easy to incorporate in daily life, I explain more in this eBook. Set aside a few minutes every day for a stronger and happier body/mind!