February is here and this month it’s all about the love, right? It's also about heart health as it is the American Heart Association's Heart Month and Go Red for Women.
If you love yourself, your muscles and your heart, then you need to honor what your body needs - both from a nutrition and fitness standpoint.
This week I'm encouraging you to MOVE MORE! Your body LOVES to move … right down to its smallest molecules! In fact, we’re wired for it.
Yet, we’re doing less and less of it. Here’s a shocking stat for you:
“In less than two generations, physical activity dropped by 20% in the U.K. and 32% in the U.S. In China, the drop is 45% in less than one generation.” - designedtomove.org
Over the next few weeks I’m going to be talking about how important it is to take care of your body and muscles and not just for what you see in the mirror. This is about what you cannot see. It’s about how you prevent disease and protect your body as you age.
For me, movement is critical to my health because I have two autoimmune diseases – Rheumatoid Arthritis and Sjogren’s Syndrome. Both are under control, but exercise is an absolute must to fight inflammation, keep my joints healthy, build muscle that will support me and to strengthen my bones.
This isn’t about looking good in a swimsuit for me. And, it shouldn’t be for you.
Moving your body on a regular basis helps everything from your energy levels, emotions, relationships and ability to learn, to your overall quality of life.
Here’s just a short list of how movement has huge payoffs for you:
● It can help lower your blood pressure and cholesterol.
● It can help support brain health. (One study even showed middle-aged women who were considered “highly fit” had a lower risk of developing dementia at an early age.)
● It boosts your mood by creating more brain chemicals associated with happiness.
● It helps you handle stress better.
● It can help improve your focus and attention span.
● It can help your body battle inflammation.
● It also helps power your body’s lymphatic system, which is like your own personal army against infection. The movement of your muscles helps the lymphatic system drain toxins from your body.
Pretty amazing, right? And, nearly all forms of movement can help – stretching, walking, even conquering a mountain of laundry!
So, my challenge to you this week is to move for 15-20 nonstop minutes each day.
This could be a quick workout, a brisk walk, or even a fast & furious cleaning session in your home.
If you have a fitness tracker, turn on your heart rate monitor and make sure it counts your steps. You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish in just 15 minutes!
I'd love to hear how you're moving and taking care of the most important muscle you have, your heart!
Comment below or go leave a comment on my Facebook page.
Here's to moving more in February and beyond!