Wellness, balance, healing…..all popular buzz words that sound enticing and are easy get started with the latest craze, but how do we really achieve amidst the reality of our fast-paced world? Here we’ll bring you insight into how find wellbeing and peace for body, mind, and spirit.
When you move, you burn energy, and increase blood flow. This action naturally demands more oxygen intake and can “wake up” your entire body. So, in a sense, any movement can be healthy movement. Questions can arise, however, when we think about when, where, and how to get some more activity into our daily schedule.
Short Answer: At least every other hour
Long Answer: Your circulatory system is always functioning, but it is designed to work best when you are in a state of movement. There are numerous health problems that arise when you become sedentary or, worse still, bedridden. Even if you’re not ill or particularly immobilized, many people spend a majority of their day in a seated position at a desk.
You can combat stationary situations by setting an alarm on your phone. Arrange to have your alarm play an upbeat tune to gently encourage you to get up and go.
Short Answer: Anywhere
Long Answer: If you are at a desk, simply stand where you are. While you read an email or take a call (anything that doesn’t require sitting still), you can march in place or do some gentle stretching. If you have the option of stairs, take them. If you can park far away or at a neighboring parking lot, do it. If you can walk 10 minutes to and from a nearby lunch spot, try it! At first, you may want to take inventory of your day and the options that already surround you. Day 2 and 3 of this experiment can involve sprinkling movement throughout your day. There is no need to try everything at once, either. You can even alternate days when you walk to lunch or take the stairs. Make your more-active lifestyle easy and low-stress!
Short Answer: Gentle, free-form movement
Long Answer: This sort of physical intervention is NOT meant to make you sweat. You do NOT need to switch to sweatpants in the office or block off time on your calendar. Instead, close your eyes and breath deeply for 30 seconds. When you’re in this meditative state, listen to your body and notice where any tension or cramping presents itself.
Our massage therapists can also help you identify areas in your body where you hold stress. Before or after your treatment, they can recommend some stretches or exercises that can keep your body limber and loose between massages. Often counter-stretches can alleviate tightness and help you feel relaxed and ready for light exercises.
No matter when you choose to move, where you go to move, or how you want to do it, start now!
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