Developing a pattern of movement that’s ingrained into our daily and weekly habits will enable us to maintain physical health and well-being and live our longest, healthiest lifespan.
Our next foundational principle is the sprint. I’ve already stated that you don’t actually have to sprint. This is any form of movement that elevates your heart rate and your perceived sense of exertion.
You essentially increase the exertional output of that activity to where you’re working at your maximum capacity. You do this for a defined period of time, and then you rest for a short window of time. Then you repeat.
A very important foundational principle of physical and mental health is strength. I’ve already outlined how important it is to maintain your lean body mass. If you do not give a signal to your muscles, bones, and connective tissues that they’re needed, they will atrophy, meaning they will shrink. Your body is into energy conservation. If you’re not using it, you will lose it.
Rather than sitting all day, and then thinking you have to go to the gym for an hour so that you can finally move your body, even though you don’t want to go to the gym because you’re tired and it’s the end of your workday, you can use a total increase in daily body movement to negate the need for the gym at all.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND MOVEMENT PART 9
This week we’re going to discuss the first primary principle of an effective movement program for sustained physical health. When I’m consulting with patients in my office, the vast majority of middle-aged individuals already exhibit forward neck lean and have rounded shoulders. Generally, they already have neck pain and headaches. This is often due to abnormal posture. They also typically have tight hips, a tight posterior chain—meaning the muscles that go all the way down their back to the base of their feet—and poor overall core strength.
Science has long proven the link between elevated mood and exercise. Physical exertion releases endorphins, which give the body and brain a natural high that can’t help but improve one’s overall mood and focus. Here are 6 simple mood-boosting exercises that don’t require a lot of time, space, or fancy equipment to accomplish.