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Why We Should Move Our Body

February 26, 2024

The numbers….

In a world where convenience often trumps activity, the importance of intentional daily movement cannot be overstated. Despite the numerous benefits of physical activity, a staggering 72% of Americans fail to meet the recommended guidelines for exercise. This sedentary lifestyle not only affects our physical health but also takes a toll on our mental and emotional well-being.

Why is movement important?

Our bodies are designed for movement. Yet, with the rise of desk jobs, technological advancements, and modern conveniences, many of us find ourselves sitting for extended periods, often without even realizing it. This lack of movement can have serious consequences.

From an increased risk of chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease to musculoskeletal issues and weakness, the repercussions of a sedentary lifestyle are profound. Our bodies crave movement to function optimally, and when we deprive them of this essential activity, we put our health at risk.

What can movement look like?

Intentional daily movement is the antidote to this sedentary epidemic. It doesn’t have to involve grueling workouts or marathon training sessions. Instead, it’s about finding ways to incorporate movement into our daily lives in a way that feels enjoyable and sustainable – programs like “Strive for Five”, a 5 minute daily stretching routine that we (MuuvWell) offer to our clients.

This could also mean taking a brisk walk during your lunch break, opting for the stairs instead of the elevator, or engaging in activities like gardening, dancing, or playing with your kids. The key is to make movement a priority and find activities that bring you joy.

The takeaway

Not only does intentional daily movement improve our physical health, but it also has a profound impact on our mental and emotional well-being. Regular exercise has been shown to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, improve mood, and boost overall mental clarity and cognitive function.

Moreover, incorporating movement into our daily routine can help us feel more energized, productive, and alive. It’s not just about checking off a box on a to-do list; it’s about nurturing our bodies and honoring the incredible gift of movement that we’ve been given.

So, let’s make a commitment to prioritize intentional daily movement in our lives. Let’s break free from the shackles of sedentary living and embrace the vitality and vibrancy that comes from moving our bodies regularly. Whether it’s a morning yoga session, your strive for five, an evening bike ride, or simply taking the scenic route on your daily walk, every step counts towards a healthier, happier you.

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