Moving Your Body is a Gift That Keeps Giving

Dr. Seuss Quote
Moving your body moves mountains…

Moving your body is a fabulous and foundational self-care gift.

It’s that simple, and you can give this to yourself, literally, any time.

Creating time for a little exercise every day is vital to your well-being.

And as you age, it becomes that much more important.

So, moving my body, even if it’s not for that long, has been my mantra for quite some time now.

Moving your body just a little.

You may think it’s a tall order, but note that I said “a little exercise.” That’s because it’s better to do something and do it frequently than to exercise a LOT, but only do it every once in a while. 

Not only is that less helpful for your fitness over the long haul, but it also sets you up for possible injury.

But how do you find time to work exercise into your busiest days?  And what if you’re sick, or over-tired, or away from home? Or what if you just don’t feel like moving your body today? 

It can certainly be a challenge, I know.  But making movement a priority and remembering that even your smallest choices are important can really help.

Simple ideas for moving your body:

Here are 3 quick ways that you can weave exercise into the activities of your normal day. This isn’t a stretch, as you’ll see. And it gets you moving.

  • Park at the far end, rather than the near side of the parking lot to add some steps to your task.

  • Walk back upstairs when you forget your book or your glasses or whatever. It might be easier to ask your partner to bring them down to you, but then you miss out on that little bit of exercise.

  • Try walking to the grocery store for that half-gallon of milk, rather than hopping into the car or sending your son or daughter.

Many of the efficiencies that we undertake in our lives are geared towards saving us steps.

I’m suggesting that you flip that over for yourself. Think of your steps as the foundation of your health. If you don’t have time to go to a gym or do some other form of planned exercise these steps give you what you need without interrupting your day at all.

Your body will thank you.

When you add steps, rather than trying to save them, you get your energy moving. And I guarantee you’ll find it refreshing.

The earth will thank you.

Time choices like these have the added advantage of diminishing your carbon footprint as you spend less time in the car or using other step-saving devices.

Moving your body is always a plus.

You’re also modeling helpful behaviors for others in your life by not asking for help (and interrupting them) when you actually don’t need it. And if you take that walk to the store, you’re giving yourself the added gift of some quiet time, too. 

Every step helps.

Even very small increments of time spent exercising present you with lots of bonuses, as you can see.

Of course it’s always good to get out for a longer walk or a run or a bike ride. And this isn’t to suggest that it’s not good to join that Pilates class, or practice yoga, or team up with a buddy for some end-of-the-day workouts. These things are wonderful and I heartily encourage them.

BUT, what I hope you’ll take in here is that even on a day when your schedule is “too full” or you don’t feel quite up to it, you can still work some movement into your moments.

So, how will you be moving your body, even just a little bit, today?

And for more help finding time…

Do you ever feel like you’re running on empty and there are no gas stations anywhere to be found? That’s what it’s like when you aren’t taking care of yourself. It’s an awful feeling and one that’s all too familiar for many of us. So, I’ve created an E-Guide that addresses this challenge and offers you a path to creating your own, rejuvenating self-care routines and rituals. It’s titled “Self-Criticism or Self-Care? How Your Choices Define You, Your Time, and Your Life.”

This E-Guide gets right down to business as it offers questions, insights, and exercises aimed at helping you come to a deeper understanding of:

  • What gets in your way when it comes to taking care of yourself.
  • How your capacity for compassion is connected to self-care.
  • The activities that are most nurturing for you, and how to include them in your schedule, EVERY day.

To begin your self-care journey and claim your copy of “Self-Criticism or Self-Care? How Your Choices Define You, Your Time, and Your Life” click below:

Let’s explore time together …

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