Movement Matters!

by John Murphy, Founder, Make 100 Healthy

The one thing that most of us can agree upon is the wisdom of the old adage “use it or lose it.”

That’s right! The key to staying healthy and fit is to keep moving. Our bodies and minds crave movement. We need it to pump blood to our organs and oxygen to nourish our bodies.

Movement does not have to be extreme to be effective. Stretching, deep breathing, yoga, swimming, taking a walk are all wonderful ways to keep moving without excess stress.

Of course a good cardio workout or high intensity training has benefits too. Our bodies respond to movement by releasing endorphins, which gives us a feeling of vibrancy and health.

In the end, your choice of movement activities doesn’t really matter as much as the fact that you keep moving.

Being a couch potato is a surefire way to gain weight, inflame your body and to feel weak and lazy. Get up and get out. Push yourself to move every day. Just a simple activity like walking can do wonders for your mind, body and soul.

The go-to daily activities that have helped me are:

  • Walk my dogs twice a day.
  • Stretch and exercise.
  • Swim.
  • Play golf.

What are your movement activities? If you don’t have any, now is a perfect time to add them to your daily routine.

It’s amazing how our bodies adapt to movement. The more we move, the better we feel.

It’s important to recognize any barriers you have that limit your ability to keep moving. A bad diet is the main culprit that saps the energy and motivation to move. Eat real, nutrient-dense food to fuel your energy level.

As we begin a new year, the one thought I’d like to reinforce is that movement matters. So keep moving and stay young in your heart and spirit. You will be happy you did!