Move Yourself into Wellness

by Cathy Clements, Nutritionist & Life Coach, NASM CNC, CPT, FNS, WFS

2023 is rolling right along, and dare I say most of you have given up on any resolution you have made for this year already. So do you give up or start again?

Wellness is essential for each of us at every age. You won’t be in the same condition you were, you may be frustrated, but just starting is a step in the right direction.

Remembering why you started a program or thought that movement was important to you is a great place to start. Movement is different from exercise; cleaning your house is movement but not a portion of an organized exercise program with goals.

Changing your thoughts on the movements you can make is an important step. You don’t “have to, or should,” you “choose to” is the thought to embrace. Movement in all its forms can manage stress, anxiety, energy and boost your mood, giving you a feel-good effect.

Movement can give you a healthier, more resilient body that bounces back after hard times.

It is still recommended that we move a minimum of 20 minutes a day. When starting back this is a number to strive for. You can begin by moving everything for 30 minutes.

I recommend 1-minute workouts on the top of the hour; just one exercise for that minute. Then go back to work or get water. I can’t say it enough, water is essential for good health and most of us don’t get enough.

Rejuvenate your 2023 by finding your enjoyable movement. If you like it, you will likely continue to do it for a long time. The longer you continue your wellness journey, your confidence increases, your immune system and cardiovascular health likely increase, and you are a more positive person.

Whatever you choose to do, do it outside in nature, listening to music you like or with people you enjoy.