Someone said this to me recently and it was such a simple and profound idea and I truly believe that they were right. Movement is Medicine.
Have you ever noticed that when you are feeling a bit down and out, often the last thing that you want to do is get up and move your body. Typically when we are sad, we sit down, wrap ourselves in blankets and pillows and try to make ourselves feel better in this human cocoon. We can feel overwhelmed with the world and have problems just creeping into our mind where they don’t need to be and we feel we cannot move. Bleak isn’t it?
So now let us look at this from the other direction. If you can think of times when you have been super active, what do you feel? Happiness generally, calmness, almost an overall feeling that everything is going to be okay and life will work out. Now that is a pretty broad statement, but it is sometimes true. After really moving and exercising the body, I personally receive a great feeling of peace and joy.
Now we have a challenge. This is just something to think about and take a child’s approach of wonder and curiosity and create an experiment for yourself. How do you enjoy moving your own body? Do you cycle, run, stretch, hike, rock climb, walk, swim, surf, etc.? There are so many different activities in this world, but pick one that really resonates with you and makes you feel good on the inside and outside. So next time that you feel like you have a bit of the blues, just stop what you're doing if possible, or within that same day, get out and do that activity. Whatever it is, make time for it! Notice your mood, notice the tension and stress that has been relieved from your body. Notice the healing that has been given to you through movement.
Movement is Medicine. I am a very firm believer of this and I think that you will be too! And if you feel like your body is a bit tired, maybe recovering from an injury so you don’t feel as spritely as normal, look at what you are putting in your body. Put good things filled with nutrients and love to nourish you and help you grow stronger! For joint health if you feel like you need an extra boost, check out Joint Vibrance to keep everything moving smoothly and fluidly!
So remember, pick your activity; make it easy and achievable, then the next time you feel a bit down… DO YOUR MOVEMENT! Then just sit and watch! Notice the difference. Movement is Medicine, take your healing into your own hands!
By: Rachel Priest
About Rachel Priest: After growing up in Knoxville, TN, Rachel moved many times with her family and then continued to travel the world globally through the years. After struggling with an 8 year long battle with eating disorders, Rachel Finally found her freedom and self acceptance and love through the practice of yoga and rock climbing. Rachel promotes self-love and acceptance to all students, especially those who struggle with creating a positive self-image for themselves and their life. Rachel believes that through loving your body and the world, we can all create a positive and fulfilling life with the understanding that we are all already a perfect being.
Rachel currently lives in Los Angeles and teaches at various gyms and studios in the area, promoting the idea of self love and acceptance. Beyond Teaching, Rachel is a beach bum at heart and loves the waves and ocean and soaking up the sun. www.rachelpriest.com