Just. Get. Moving.
New Year’s resolution time can be brutal, but it really happens all year round. Why do we reflect on the things we want to do different with our lives? That statement itself already assumes that something in our lives must be “wrong”. And most of our “regrets” and new resolutions have to do with health related activities, eating better, exercising, and feeling better emotionally.
If we are truly honest with ourselves, we as humans have an uncanny ability to detect when our life is out of balance. It is this latent dread, in the back of our minds, that we allow to come out once a year (New Year’s) that tells us that something in our lives is not “right”. The question, then, is not whether we know what is wrong in our lives, it is whether we will truly do something different this year to correct that imbalance.
I have a simple solution for you. And easy to remember; Just. Get. Moving. Whether you want to eat better, get some exercise, get your emotions under control, or just feel better about your life. Just. Get. Moving.
Notice I didn’t say the dreaded word exercise. I am talking about picking an activity that you really like that involves movement. That could be ballroom dancing, soccer club, walking the dog, yoga, jogging, basketball league, synchronized swimming – anything! As long as you like it, and do it regularly. Activity trackers, gyms, fitness centers all have their place, but Just. Get. Moving. will take care of all that for you. And the benefits abound.
Research has consistently shown that you will eat less naturally with a regular activity program. And the 2 best activities to improve your cognitive abilities as you get older? Crossword puzzles, and ballroom dancing! (Since crossword puzzles don’t involve a lot of movement, save that for when you get home from your movement activity). And there has been much research on the subject of emotions and exercise. Even small amounts of activity can regulate your moods and make you feel happier overall.
In the excellent book by Bronnie Ware “The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying”, shows us why we need to get started now. Ware was a palliative nurse who recorded the most common regrets of the dying and put her findings into a book. The Number One regret is as follows; “I wished that I had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me”.
Don’t wait. Make a small change now that will fix many of the things “wrong” in your life. Just. Get. Moving.
Todd Alan Roberts M.D. is a physician and the owner of Aceso Total Healthcare, a preventative medicine practice in Lincoln, Nebraska. Dr. Roberts strive to educate, and inspire his clients to a new way of healthy living.
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