Let’s Get Moving!
Let’s get moving, Curvy Girl! So how does that make you feel? Does it feel like work to you? Do you envision pulling yourself out of bed at 5 in the morning to get to the gym, seeing a sea of heads bobbing up and down on the treadmill, getting their run in for the day?
You’re thinking, “Boy, they sure know what they’re doing.” And that makes the whole process much more intimidating.
Look! Moving your body doesn’t have to be that way. You don’t have to do things that you don’t want to do to get the benefits, at least not in the very beginning of a fitness program.
Let’s forget about weight loss and getting skinny. We’ve been brainwashed from the constant promotion of how exercise can make you skinny, so we forget the beautiful, more beneficial advantages.
Here’s a list of the major benefits for moving that spectacular body of yours:
- Prevents and controls diabetes – Your fate is not locked in if you’re stricken with diabetes, especially when you’ve been diagnosed as pre-diabetic. You can’t afford not to move your body since exercise increases insulin sensitivity. Basically, the body needs exercise to use insulin efficiently.
- Prevents atrophy and muscular weakness – Forget about thinking you’re going to look like a She-Hulk if you lift weights. That’s not going to happen. We lose ½ to ⅓ of a pound of muscle a year if you’re not incorporating and strengthening exercises. Muscle is essential to efficient metabolic functioning and helps carry out many activities during your daily life, even with good posture and being able to sit up straight.
- Alleviates painful symptoms of arthritis – For those who have arthritis, most doctors will tell you that you need to move that joint as much as possible to prevent from your joints locking. The body is an amazing machine and it will know what to do, but you’ve got to help it along. Move your body so your body can release the needed natural lubricants for less painful and more efficient movement.
- Prevents and manages chronic pain – This is another reason to move your body more consistently. Most people who are not moving their bodies will have horrible back and neck pain which can be connected to hours in front of the computer during the day in addition to less exercise during the day. The core becomes progressively weak and inevitably susceptible to injury. Prevent for a very painful back and/or neck injury by keeping your body strong and flexible through exercise.
- Prevents and manages depression – In a study published Archives of Internal Medicine in 1999, the conclusion “suggests that for those who need or wish to avoid drugs, exercise might be an acceptable substitute for antidepressants. Keep in mind, though, that the swiftest response occurred in the group taking antidepressants, and that it can be difficult to stay motivated to exercise when you’re depressed.” “A follow-up to that study found that exercise’s effects lasted longer than those of antidepressants.” http://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/exercise-and-depression-report-excerpt
- Stronger heart – The heart is a miraculous muscle. Since it’s a muscle it needs to be used to prevent from weakness. Who wants to stop in the middle of having to run for the bus or catching your breath halfway up the stairs? Or worst yet, do you want to get caught looking at the flight of stairs before you and knowing that you’re going to barely make it to the top.
Let’s stop right there. This is preventable with a little more regular effort in moving your body. Life is hard enough without having to add just one more thing to the list. Your body is beautiful and it wants you to show it off, move it more, expressing your fullness and vital energy!
By Diane Williams