You may remember that song from the animated movie, Madagascar,’You’ve got to move it move it’….little cartoon lemurs movin’ their little bodies all over the place dancing. Did you know that in reality lemurs in the wild are adept dancers–true exercise buffs? Yes, turns out they know something a lot of us Americans would rather discuss on the couch while never getting off the couch– the fact that exercise will improve your health and well-being!
I was one of those couch potatoes who knew exercise was good for me. I had many ‘plans’, owned many exhilarating exercise DVDs, how-to books, etc., but I let busyness and laziness get in the way. Quite frankly, I didn’t want to think about it corresponding to my health.
Then, one day I had a very serious diagnosis…cancer, that surpassed by a landslide the collection of other nagging chronic diseases and disorders building up in my body that I was habitually ignoring.
Cancer–the bottom line was that I wanted to live and would do anything to make that happen. It was quite motivating. I began with reading all I could about healing foods and spices. Every time I put something in my mouth the selection of foods I chose were for my healing. Food became my medicine. I ate to live. However, in due time I realized there was a more holistic approach that was necessary to my recovery. Besides food, two crucial healing factors were emotional well-being and exercise. Emotional well-being included getting my thoughts and behavior patterns under control. Health is very much impacted by being ‘mentally good’ to yourself–
this is the ability to accept and appreciate yourself without engaging in negative self-talk. It also involves discernment, learning how to let go of draining people and situations yet detaching with love (more about this in a future post). Exercise was the second crucial addition after the food component that proved essential for empowering my health. Let’s explore exercise benefits here.
Want to feel better, have more energy and perhaps even live longer? Look no further that exercise. The health benefits of regular exercise and physical activity are hard to ignore. And the benefits of exercise apply regardless of your age, sex or physical ability. You can choose the way you want to “move it!”
Here are seven ways exercise can improve your life according to the Mayo Clinic:
No. 1: Exercise controls weight
No. 2: Exercise combats health conditions and diseases
No. 3: Exercise improves mood
No. 4: Exercise boosts energy
No. 5: Exercise improves sexual intimacy with your spouse
No. 6: Exercise improves your sleep
No. 7: Exercise is fun for you and your family
Take a cue from those little lemurs in Madagascar and get moving. Exercise is personal and should be fun. I chose power walking, jogging (I love being outdoors) and yoga. Be creative and free to decide what form of exercise is you. Maybe you’ll decide to take up a new sport… I know a friend who met her husband by joining a bicycle club. What a beautiful and healthy love story. Seeing your body change and revive through exercise is empowering and it will build self-esteem as well as health. Let me know what you discover. It will encourage and help other readers.