We wake-up with a stretch, put our feet on the floor, and then start our day. For the remainder of the day we use movement to take us from point A to point B. Whether we walk to school or walk across the parking lot to work– movement helps get our blood pumping and gives us energy. Our bodies naturally crave movement and we are anatomically built for movement.
The natural desire to move begins with a crawl or first step coupled with great accomplishment and excitement and eventually leads to more complex movements like playing sports or other recreational activities. The instinct to move might be perceived as involuntary, because it doesn’t require much thought. We’re driven to move by a desire to have fun.
Our thoughts about movement begin to change as we become adults, going from fun to more of necessity, possibly to manage weight or avoid serious medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and high cholesterol. Our minds forget that movement is fun and instead it becomes a chore that we may skip due to job or family commitments.
I say, “Let’s rekindle our love for movement.” We can start by identifying the type of movement most enjoyed at a younger age and then find a way to get that same sensation today. For example, I enjoyed swinging as a child on a backyard swing set, so it is not surprising that today I enjoy the solidarity that comes with jogging and the continuity of the movement. I also enjoy practicing a flow-style yoga that is reminiscent of a breezy swinging motion.
So, make a point to schedule movement into your day and keep a consistent amount of movement in your life to maintain a healthy body, a peaceful mind, and to gain energy.
To share a quote from Sir Isaac Newton’s Law of Inertia, “…a body in motion stays in motion, and a body at rest stays at rest.”