So, how did it go last week? Were you able to switch things up and move around a little bit more than usual? Once you have locked in this new habit, you will be seeing and feeling the benefits in no time! Now, you are probably skeptical and thinking, "That's it? ... Just move a little bit more every day and I'll increase the quality of my living?"
My answer to that is yes....
Movement is medicine.
Let's quickly touch on another important part of movement.
Not only is it important to increase and maintain optimal circulation throughout your body but you should also be making it a priority to experiment moving in and out of different positions. This can be something as simple as practicing to properly using your left arm to get up from the ground instead of your right. It can even be walking up the stairs with your day bag or purse in the opposite hand or shoulder than usual. Another example would be safely dropping down into a lunge position to tie your shoes. The possibilities are endless! These are all fundamental ideas and recommendations but a great place to start, none the less. Consciously exploring the new and simple things can lead to increased injury prevention, strength and body awareness.
This concept is also transferable when it comes to brain health.
...Yes, you read that correctly...brain health!
All of the previous examples above will also assist in keeping your mental health where it needs to be. Doing small tasks out of your normal routine like hiking, painting, reading, meditating and learning a new language will most likely put you out of your comfort zone and challenge your mind to be pushed, pulled and stretched—just like our body needs every single day!
Keep challenging yourself to get uncomfortable and do something that moves, pushes and pulls you.
Your future self will thank you for it.
"It always seems impossible until it's done." —Nelson Mandela