Get moving again! Break the sedentariness by finding your roots.

Movement is essential to a path of healthy living. Whether it’s walking, running, bicycling, swimming, weight lifting, or sports, it’s crucial we remain active. This can be easier said than done.

As we progress through our lives, we seek careers, promotions, entertainment, relationships, sleep, food, establishing a home, the list goes on. We attain these things that make us happy. We get accustomed to being comfortable with these things, and sometimes movement is forgotten.

As technology makes our lives easier, our need to move decreases. We drive instead of walk. We hire others to build our homes. We go to the grocery store instead of farm or hunt. This limits our movement and promotes a sedentary lifestyle.

We introduce toxins and unhealthy habits into our lives, both intentionally and unintentionally. Processed food, smoking, alcohol, brake dust, sleep deprivation, mold, etc. This inflicts stress on our body, rendering it less optimal to perform movement, intentionally and unintentionally.

Before we know it, our capable bodies are out of shape, underutilized, impaired, or dysfunctional. Exercising is the last thing on our minds. We lack motivation, energy, discipline to get moving. We fear the pain of being uncomfortable and sore the next few days.

We know that we need to move, but can’t muster the first step. Perhaps we don’t know where to begin or are intimidating by the athletic people we see. Perhaps you weren’t taught to lift weights or learned to play basketball. Instead of focusing on what you don’t know, think about what you’re familiar with. Did you enjoy riding bikes as a child? Did you skateboard or rollerblade? Perhaps you were in gymnastics or dance but grew out of it when you because a teenager.

if you’re having trouble finding movement or exercise that grabs and holds your interest, go back to your roots. Start your movement by reigniting your past activities. Breaking a sedentary lifestyle doesn’t mean running a 5K or doing CrossFit, it can be easy as getting back into dancing, joining a recreational softball league, or walking around the block. The key is to JUST MOVE!

Let me know if you have questions, need help, or how you’re getting movement back into your life.

Thanks for reading, stay on the path!

Christopher JoyceComment