These days so much happens without effort that it takes effort to move.
- Lifts our mood and can be as effective as medication for depression (says Harvard medical research).
- Improves circulation and thereby increases energy – go figure.
- Boosts the immune system.
- If you are struggling to concentrate or your body is sore from sitting too long, moving around does wonders and can get you back on track.
- Helps with digestion because it keeps the muscles in our digestive system working well and releases toxins through perspiration.
- Moving with someone (e.g. walking) improves relationships and increases the happy chemicals in your brain, leaving you on a high even if you have only walked for a short time.
There are so many different ways to move – dancing, cycling, nia, ballet, climbing stairs, martial art, walking, running, housework, boxing, gym, yoga plus many more. If you don’t have a huge budget then walking or running are great because all you need is a pair of shoes.
I read somewhere that Social Scientists have found that as more people take to the streets, neighbourhood crime rates fall and the local economy improves. If that is true then we have a responsibility here people! (Lol)
Walking with your children promotes better communication, reduces behaviour issues and improves academic performance (that’s also from Harvard medical research).
Moving helps us to live more comfortably in our bodies and minds.
It’s self care.