Staying on your Path to Health, Strength, and JoyStaying on your Path to Health, Strength, and Joy

By Jason Moskovitz,L.Ac., Dipl.O.M.

We were born and bred for movement. Regularly moving our bodies should be right up there with eating, breathing, sleeping, and going to the bathroom. Though, any or all of these things are too often postponed or outright ignored thanks to our many roles at work and at home. Lack of movement means impaired circulation, and lazy circulation leads to stress and sicknessóand can make existing physical and emotional aches worse.

"I donít have time to move."

Surely, you can take a brisk fifteen-minute walk after dinner instead of plopping directly in front of the TV. It will help you digest as well. Or, in front of the TV you can easily do some squats, lunges, or simple stretches.

"My joints and body hurt if I move."

Then we need to find ways to move that do not feel bad. Low impact exercise like walking, water aerobics, elliptical trainers, yoga, and tai chi are waiting for you to try them. If you have no experience make sure you work with a seasoned coach to avoid injury. Not moving as a way to avoid pain is not going to help the situation. If your lower body hurts, work with your upper body. If you canít figure out a way to move on your own, consult any coach or health practitioner in your community for an endless list of ideas. You can simply walk to the end of the block or even a take a few laps around the kitchen table. You can curl soup cans. You can put on some music and dance. You may not be able to do what you were so easily able to accomplish decades ago. But, rather than do all or nothingódo something. In time, you may find your body doing way more than you thought possible.

"I just donít feel like moving."

Itís time to break the cycle. Without movement, pain and depression typically get worse. In turn, the idea of doing anything can seem that much less practical over time. What is practical is the knowledge that regular exercise is responsible for the brainís release of the most pain-relieving and mood-elevating chemicals in the body. Of course, have fun while movingóthatís the best way to make sure you stay on your path to endless health, strength and joy. Keep moving!



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