Healthy living isn’t just defined by what you eat or which Xooma supplements you take. It’s also about moving your body on a regular (daily) basis.
The unfortunate news is that the obesity epidemic in our country isn’t lessening. In fact, in some age ranges the numbers are still increasing.
It begins with lifestyle. Many people live lifestyles that don’t encourage movement. Depending on how you answer these questions, what action would you take to adjust your daily routine to allow for more movement?
· Is your job or main form of work mostly sedentary?
· If it is, how often do you stop and stretch, stand up, or walk around?
· How much do you sit in the evening?
· Do you ever watch television standing up?
· Do you take the stairs over the elevator?
These are just some basic questions to help you take a look at your daily routine. The more movement you include, the more benefits you will gain.
Walking is one of the best forms of exercise. It is low impact and uses many muscles in the body. Among other positive benefits, walking increases your respiratory and heart rates, which increases your blood oxygen levels. More oxygen can help your organs and bodily systems work more efficiently. Besides, you just feel good after a walk!
There are numerous benefits to walking. Here is one of the most powerful statements recently shared: “Walking is the closest thing we have to a wonder drug,” says Dr. Thomas Frieden. Dr. Frieden was the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States (2009-2017).
Yoga has increased in popularity over the last few decades in the western world. Its origins are thousands of years old, originally brought to the United States by the well-known Paramahansa Yogananda from India in the early to mid 1900’s.
There are several forms of yoga, and much deeper benefits beyond what some consider interesting-looking poses. There is even Chair Yoga for those with physical challenges or limitations.
The benefits are vast and include greater flexibility, muscle strength, increased metabolism, and increased cardiovascular and circulatory health. There is more, though. The deeper purpose of yoga is about bringing the body and mind into alignment or ‘resonance’. This creates a reduction in stress through a greater sense of peace and a balancing of the body, mind and spirit.
Tai Chi is similar to yoga in that it holds a deeper purpose. Like yoga, Tai Chi involves the ability to simultaneously ‘exercise’, meditate, relax, and form a deeper connection. Recent research is showing even more benefits for some, including pain management, strengthened immune system, and strengthening the musculoskeletal system, and muscle and joint strength.
What some don’t realize, however, is that Tai Chi is a form of martial art. Through time, many no longer needed this martial art and it became a ‘meditation through movement’. Circulation is at the root of Tai Chi, specifically to promote the circulation of your ‘chi’ and your blood. Back to ‘movement’!