Do you have a regular exercise program?
I ask this question to every single one of my clients during their initial treatment session, and often the answer I get is: “No.”
Stop and ask yourself for a minute. Are you one of these people? If so I want to address this briefly.
You wouldn’t go weeks or months without sleeping or brushing your teeth. Exercise is just as crucially important for your health!
A common reason I hear often for why people don’t exercise regularly is: “I feel like I’m too busy to fit it into my day.”
First, I do understand and validate this very real perspective. We have so many things pulling at our time that it can seem overwhelming to fit exercise into this huge jumble of activities!
May I propose, however, that the true cause of you not engaging in regular exercise is not that you are too busy, but rather that over time you have learned to prioritize other activities over-exercise.
Some of these activities are vital such as sleeping, driving the kids to school, and going to work. Other things including watching TV and scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed are no so vital.
“But how should I exercise? I’m not sure exactly what to do. I don’t know if I have the correct form.” I also hear these concerns from clients frequently. My answer?
Find something active that you enjoy doing and go do it! EVERY DAY.
The body was designed for MOVEMENT, but many people sit for the majority of the day, and often times this involves sitting with less than optimal posture. Even when standing, people contort the thoracic spine and neck in order to stare downward at a smartphone.
In some instances, sitting is unavoidable, such as when your job requires it (I would highly recommend standing desks!). However, many people could find time to stand more throughout the day.
I tell my clients that the more time they spend sitting, the more time they must spend doing something active. The body is an incredibly resilient powerhouse of a machine that given the right conditions WILL feel and performing incredibly well!
I promise you’re not as far away from feeling amazing as you think!
Exercise can encourage a multitude of benefits including: improved digestion, enhanced mood, increased energy levels, decreased risk of chronic disease, and weight loss just to name a few!
Your body isn’t asking for you to spend 3-4 hours per day exercising (unless you are a professional athlete). It’s asking for 1 hour, every day, no exceptions. Can you find a way to carve out a single hour, be that continuously or in intervals, for some exercise?
If not, you may have to find the time (and money) to carve out for an orthopedic surgery, prescription medication, physician visits, and time away from your favorite activities, not to mention less time spent enjoying family and friends.
These consequences of inactivity are unnecessary and easily preventable. But beyond that you have an incredible amount of potential to improve the way you move and feel. And it starts today!