Enjoy this clever but insightful guest post about the benefits of exercise from my friend Katie at Green Living.
Katie Dawson Green, HHP, NMT is a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner and Neuromuscular Therapist located at Trinity Holistic Health & Training. She is currently studying to further her license in neuromuscular therapy. Katie’s career began as a collegiate runner and it has evolved into a career, specializing in rehabilitation and restoring function through the use of corrective exercise and postural alignment, nutrition education, sports specific aid, and holistic lifestyle coaching.
“Whenever I feel like exercise, I lie down until the feeling passes.” – Robert Hutchins
Why yes, Robert, we’ve all been there before.
Exercise. An impactful word with a variety of meanings. Certain individuals live and breath exercise. Some partake every now and again. And others, well others merely dream of the possibility of thinking of doing it. Exercise that is.
Movement alone remains necessary for a variety of health benefits.
10 Dominating Benefits of Regular Movement and Exercise are:
- Better Sleep
- Increased Energy Levels
- Enhanced Mental Stability
- Weight Control
- Proper Breathing Mechanics
- Postural Alignment
- Decreased Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety
- Mood Control
- Optimal Heart and Lung Health
- Optimal Bedroom Stamina
But wait. Don’t you go and get excited just yet. Said list is merely a potential. A potential outcome of benefits for those who take the time to exercise and more importantly, for those who use that time to execute the exercise ideally.
I know. What on earth do I mean by “ideally”?
I see it all the time, folks…
- “TRIM BELLY FAT!”
- “RAISE YOUR BUTTOCKS!”
- “NO MORE BRA-BULDGE!”
- “THINNER THIGHS NOW!”
Toned. Toned belly, toned butt, toned back, toned thighs. Toned.
I actually cringed just typing it. “Lose weight by getting TONED now!” What does that even mean? Toned? I hate to tell you ladies (and men if relevant), but toned is simply the female term for MUSCLE. That’s right. MUSCLE. Thou shalt not be afraid of MUSCLE.
And no, I’m not a sexist. I’m a realist. After all, I Am Female (hear me roar). All I’m dictating is that one simply cannot achieve a flat belly, plump rear and perfect bra-back without MUSCLE. And one cannot achieve muscle without STRENGTH TRANING.
Not only does strength training accommodate weight loss and tight tushes, but it remains highly efficient towards postural, structural, orthopedic, and rehabilitative issues, as you can effectively strengthen (there’s that word again) long, weak muscles and stretch the short, tight ones.
Contacting your nearest Holistic Healthcare Practitioner or advanced Physical Therapist is necessary, however, for educating, promoting and designing a therapeutic exercise program tailored to your individual physiological needs.
I know. I had you at “Optimal Bedroom Stamina,” and the rest of the article was irrelevant.
For more information about the importance of movement and exercise, check out THIS post on my Facebook page or contact me for a personal consultation.
Do you find time to exercise?? If so, what type??
Most people don’t know but I have a degree in Kinesiology (a fancy term for the study of movement) and am a certified STOTT Pilates Instructor in Mat & Reformer! I LOVE Pilates but I have been SO busy since Connor was born that I have not made time for exercise and my body is suffering for it. I feel so weak. Fortunately, I don’t need to kill myself in the gym or run myself crazy to lose weight, I have used a grain-free lifestyle to do that, but my body and your body needs muscular conditioning. So for the past 6 weeks I have been doing a home program, created based on an individual postural evaluation. Let me just say… I feel so much better already! I am stronger when I squat down to pick up the baby or lift my 35 lb. son up into my truck. That’ the kind of strength we need!
I’ll keep you posted but I hope this post encourages you to get moving!