Sounds obvious, exercise helps to keep us healthy, yes sure but sometimes we just don't want to. It can be difficult to not to think of exercise as hard work. Positivity is key, exercise is not a dirty word!
Show your body some love, put your kicks on and move a little.
To love your body is to love one self enough to respect your body’s need to exercise, move, groove to be at its best. Best doesn't necessarily mean shredded - nice! It means being agile, to have great blood pressure, balanced and responsive blood sugar levels, not have aches and pains when you move or get up out of bed in the morning. It means, having the freedom to move and do what you want to do and most importantly, feeling good about your Self. With our clinical experience in practice over many years, there is one saying that consistently proves true – move it or lose it! The radical change in post surgery with Doctors encouraging their patients who have had knee, hip, even back surgery now to get up and get moving as soon as possible is a significant testimony to this.
So many of our body functions benefit from movement. Our lymphatic system for example, is pumped and moved around and through our cells and tissues as we move. Movement activates and tones our muscles and stops them from wasting away. Bone density is improved and maintained with movement – muscles moving the skeleton, encouraging efficient circulation and nerve communication as the muscles massage and pump against the bones. Its team work at its best when you see how body movement occurs. We are made to move!
Dance like nobody’s watching
Research shows that 60 minutes of walking or dancing twice a week dramatically improves feelings of wellbeing, builds healthy muscles and maintains strong bones, improves circulation, helps you sweat (healthy elimination of toxins) and is anti-ageing both in mind and body with the release of happy endorphins - yes please!
Then there’s yoga, pilates, swimming, cycling, tai chi, so many ways to exercise with the key being to find a physical movement you enjoy and stick to it. The benefits to your body, state of health, both mental and physical wellness, are huge! More and more people suffering with anxiety, depression and stress related disorders such as PTSD are reporting how much better they are with regular exercise in their life.
Find your Tribe and your Groove
For some people, finding the right group or even right time of day can make sticking with regular exercise so easy. Being in a class or group, going with a friend can be social and a fun way to meet people or get out of your everyday click. For some exercise is about time out and a chance to focus on Self. A few of our friends love to run after work as their “debrief” from the day and blow out the mental merry go round of thinking.
Not only because it does feel good to be moving your body, as the blood starts pumping you trigger a series of neural functions releasing pleasure chemicals such as endorphins and dopamine that flood our brain and body with happiness. A natural high! These then go on to influence other functions influencing blood sugar and organs like our Kidneys and Liver. Exercise is a great trigger for some healthy body function team work.
Consistency is the key to success
Being consistent with exercise is the key to changing your body for the better. Even 30 minutes a day has been shown to improve general fitness and wellbeing. This could be as simple as choosing to enjoy walking or cycling to work and leaving the car at home a few days. Exercise and lowering your weekly carbon footprint – boom!
How does exercise contribute to having healthy skin?
In every way! Perspiration, oxygenation, elimination all contribute to a healthy clear, radiant skin. Sweating is so good for your skin, opening pores eliminating toxins and letting your skin breathe. A big reason why you don't want to wear heavy or mineral oil based make up when exercising. Choose to be bare or wear natural minerals as they tend to be lighter and less likely to congest and block your pores as you exercise. Circulation improves with an increase in heart rate and floods through all of your blood vessels right down to the tiny fine little capillaries that trace through the layers of the dermis bringing nutrients and carrying away toxins. Exercise is especially good for chasing away those dark circles that can happen under your eyes along with more regular sleep. Exercise expands the body – opening up the lungs and allows deeper breathing, oxygenating your cells and eliminating toxins through your breath. Its like doing housework for your body but much more fun!
Sweat it all out
To hydrate before and during exercise, then to replenish fluids post exercise is vital to giving your self the benefits of creating maximum vitality and healthy cells. Imagine your body fluids as a river, to keep the water flowing crystal clear and full to the banks, you need to hydrate. If you exercise when well hydrated, you support your body to access stored energy and flush the burnt energy from cells and tissues effectively, building healthy cells, muscle, etc If the water is running low in the river and a bit murky as in starting your exercise dehydrated…get the picture?
Putting it all back in
Recovery with the right fuel on a cellular level by replacing electrolytes and phytonutrients post exercise, is key to feeling great instead of tired or washed out after exercise. A simple way to refuel, nourish and nurture after exercise without eating a heavy meal, is to make a green smoothie. Concentrated nutrition in a glass and a delicious way to maximise foodie/tastebud pleasure in a balanced, light and easy low carb, high clean green energy drink.
Easy Peasy Refuel Green Smoothie Recipe
1 heaped teaspoon Mayella™ Alkalise Green & Go, Green Harmony or Nourish
1 fresh or frozen banana
3 Medjool Dates, pitted
Small handful of walnuts or almonds
300ml chilled milk of choice – cow, rice, almond, soy, oat, macadamia
Add together in blender and make sure it is mixed well. Serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg on top and enjoy!
Beautiful sunset inspiration to move your body in yoga found with Gold Coast Teacher Viv Kohring
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