I can’t think of anything but physical activity and movement. The importance of physical activity and mobility is nothing new. This is the beginning of time. The ability to move, move, jump, climb, lift, lift, run, throw, and hold things was vital to survival.
Physical activity, although not driven by necessities such as historical times, is just as important today. Even more so when you close. Regardless of your age, ailments, mental or physical abilities, health, or disabilities, you can engage in any type of physical activity and it is important if you want to stay healthy and sensible in challenging or difficult times.
While it’s nice to be “out and about” with friends, you don’t have to be physically active and mentally motivated. In fact, the simplest and easiest way to get both of you involved is to … just move on. People who are in good physical and emotional health walk naturally and regularly, whether indoors or outdoors.
Moving naturally is about adding an activity to your day that doesn’t take much time, though, and effort. Examples of natural movement activities include: standing while talking on the phone, marching to a place to watch your favorite television show or movie, dancing to your favorite music (anytime, anywhere), sitting, standing or walking, swinging, swinging or pumping. While cooking the arm. Even small daily activities such as sweeping, dusting, munching, or getting up to turn off the lights may be included during the day or week. Small or small movements, it all makes a difference.
Sometimes, I am asked, “Is anyone sitting in a rocking chair?” It depends. I once read that our 35th US President used a rocking chair to relieve back pain. Although there are some health benefits to jerking, there are other ways to move that more accurately meet the prescribed definition of physical activity and natural movement. Of course, swinging back and forth in a chair is better than anything.
The bottom line is: find the natural movement of your choice. Then, make it a daily habit. Be consistent, honest, and passionate. See every opportunity as an opportunity to move. It doesn’t matter if you are sitting or standing, just move. People who move naturally have a better quality of life (and they are older) who don’t.
Stay healthy … stay alert … stay active.
Daisy Sanders writes and speaks on a positive/healthy age and personal empowerment. She also teaches Zumba Gold (a dance fitness program that combines Latin and international music with dance moves) for older active adults and people with mobility challenges. Daisy is the author of zipping. 50 nuggets to navigate the big half of life and the big eyes … Big Eddie Dos to get the most out of business and life