The Wonderfulness Program Fundamentals is just weeks from launching. I’m very excited and I hope you are, too!
I mentioned this earlier and I’ll remind you now: You don’t have to wait for the program to get a jump on wonderfulness. As you read here recently, The Nourish Facet offers a lot of oomph for your efforts. But there’s another area that also elevates your wellness game: The Move Facet.
Movement is vitally important for your body and mind
If you want to change your body composition (the percentages of bone, muscle, fat, and water that make up you), what you eat will have the biggest impact. You can’t exercise your way out of a bad diet.
Yet know this: You are made to move. Regular movement keeps your muscles, bones, joints, and cardiovascular system strong and resilient. It also energizes your body and your mind, making it one of the best mood elevators available.
Let’s list some of movement’s benefits
While I hate the phrase “It’s all good”–in this case, it really is. Even short bursts of movement throughout your day reduces your risk of disease and death.
I have nothing against chocolate, but if you need to cut back on it, guess what? Walking has been shown to significantly soften your intense cravings. I would imagine this would work with any movement. as well as with other treats you’re trying to avoid.
Does heart disease run in your family? Make movement part of your prescription. Of course, the same goes if this disease isn’t part of your family heritage.
It’s not just about your muscles and cardiovascular system, either. Moving (resistance training, in this case) significantly boosted brain function, even in people with mild cognitive impairment.
Another aspect of better brain functioning: more stable moods. Regular movement, in particular walking, has been shown to lift people out of depressions, even when other treatments didn’t work. It also helps you manage stress!
So what movement is best?
You recognize that’s a trick question, right?
Everyone seems to have a different recommendation for what you should do, how long you should do it for, and how often. Ugh. It doesn’t need to be this complicated. Let me remind you:
Focus on the big picture before finessing the details.
You don’t have to be in good shape to move. You don’t have to go to a gym to move. You don’t need an hour of time to move. You don’t need special equipment, workout clothes, or even much motivation. It’s available to you practically whenever you want.
In fact, do it now–get up and move around for a minute or so. I’ll wait…
Just as there is no single perfect diet that works for everyone, there’s no single perfect form of exercise, either. Your body’s strength and weaknesses, as well as your goals, are unique. So how can you approach the Move Facet simply and effectively?
After more than 15 years working as a personal trainer with hundreds of clients, I’ve developed two principles that can work for anyone. If you follow these Move Facet Principles every day, you’ll tone your muscles as you support your joints, bones, energy, and mood. These are the basics, ladies.
Your Move Facet Principles
Strengthen + stretch
Walk, walk, walk
The devil is in the details, right? For right now, just try to keep it as simple as possible.
If you’re unsure of what to do to strengthen and stretch your body, keep your eyes open for The Wonderfulness Program Fundamentals. In it, I’ve created a simple Morning Moves routine to get your day started off with some simple strength + stretch movement.
Until then, just move!