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Happy Move It Monday!
Last night we were eating on our deck and having a gay old time. We went in to do the dishes and heard a thump and ran outside to find one of our large oak branches on the ground. I wrote this haiku right before that and was starring at our oak thinking, “those 2 branches have to go”.
Our bodies like the oak tree have a shelf life too and it’s important we listen to the messages they are giving us.
Most of us know that we have to Move It or We Lose it as the saying goes. Once I had a friend say “I’m not going to bike or hike anymore. I’m getting older and I only have a finite amount of steps left and I don’t want to use them exercising”.
At first I thought he was kidding but when I found out he was dead serious, you can imagine the conversations we had about that as a Life Health Fitness Coach and the amount of articles I gave him to get his attention.
There are countless articles written on the fact that exercise is imperative for our mental health, heart, brain, bones, hormonal system, helps us lose weight and the list goes on and and on.
At the time he was 60 and he’s now 79. Somewhere in between there he started playing golf and is lapping up about 10,000 steps. Of course he loves it and doesn’t perceive it as exercise which is a bonus since he’s getting a twofer.
The new buzz on the block which has been around for awhile now is that not exercising is worse for your health than smoking which definitely sounds like a fear tactic measure but if it gets people’s attention, then I’m all in. The basic premise is more people will die being sedentary than of smoking and maybe that’s because smoking has declined worldwide. There are countless articles and one that is simple and easy to understand is on the AARP website which you can read here.
All you have to do is stop working out for a couple of weeks and then start again to see just how much harder it is to start back. Your body needs breaks and rest but too many of them will put you in the sedentary category and especially if you spend a lot of time at a desk: it’s the kiss of death.
I don’t care what you do, just do something and doing something that you enjoy is half the battle and will keep you honest.
I took this picture for our friend Michele Lee from my inspired life when she was having her Moving Blog Challenge and had a haiku all ready to send but never got it to her. Great idea of keeping us moving Michele. Michele’s novella, The Coastal Cottage is coming soon so stay tuned.
When I was in Esperanza in Cabo San Lucas last month, I had the honor of meeting a yoga teacher, Adrianna and Scott a fellow Yogini. We put a little video together at the end of class to share with all of you today. You can do it a few times if you want to make it longer or go out for a walk and stretch after if you like.
Follow me if you need to modify as you’ll notice my hips were acting up. Listen to your own bodies signals because you don’t want to move so much that you can’t move later. Wear and tear on joints is a real thing. I’m actually meeting with the surgeon at the end of the month to get an evaluation and another X-ray and MRI.
Hope you enjoy the video and thanks again Adriana and Scott!
Have a wonderful day week ahead and Happy 4th! Get out there and move your bootie!
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