Joyful Movement by Molly Hawke, MD
Most of us know that physical activity has been widely correlated with a reduction in depression and anxiety. According to researchers, the general recommendation is for 30-60 minutes a day of physical activity on 3-5 times each week. More recently, achieving this recommendation by going to a gym or fitness facility has become literally impossible as most are closed for the foreseeable future.
What we often take for granted are the health benefits of less structured physical activity, such as walking, cleaning, playing, dancing, gardening, and meditative movements, like stretching and yoga. All of these can be done now, at home, whenever you have time, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.
What I hope many of you can put aside right now are the "traditional" motivators for exercise, which include: burning a certain number of calories, changing body shape or size (losing weight), and "earning" certain foods or "working off" certain foods.
Instead, use joyful movement to enjoy connecting with your body and to relieve stress. You can do it with friends, family, or alone for however long feels good to you. Your body will thank you for it.
4/16/2020 10:55:17 pm
Glad to see your still at it thank you for all the help
6/17/2022 06:17:04 pm
How great that you mention all the benefits of exercise, like relieving stress. I want to take better care of myself mentally this month. I will find a great psychiatrist in my area as well.
11/6/2022 07:34:44 am
Consider a vegetable you used to detest but were forced to eat by your parents. Most likely broccoli, as what child didn't detest broccoli? If you were lucky, you may have been able to smuggle your dog a few spears, but if not, you would have had to swallow every last soggy morsel. And if you grew up in the 1980s like I did, you'll know it was mushy since broccoli was usually heated up in the microwave from frozen. Blech. Green trees that are soggy and smell like farts.
12/25/2022 07:01:01 am
Its a very helpful and informative article. Thank you for this article
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