Intro to Movement and Exercise

Girl with ball on shoulderThe goal should be more movement, not just more exercise. An active lifestyle is better than sitting most of the time, with occasional trips to the gym.

Our biggest problem is not that we don’t get enough exercise, it’s that we sit too much. Our sedentary lifestyle is causing hormonal changes that make it very difficult to control our weight and have optimal health.

Humans are exuberant “animals” in the words of author Frank Forencich. We need to walk, play, explore and challenge ourselves. Make it fun!

Walking is great for everyone. If you have a dog, my not-for-profit initiative Weight Waggers promotes regular longer walks with your dog. It’s a great first step to being more active.

Go barefoot (or use minmalist footwear) when you can, ideally on uneven surfaces that make your brain engage.

Vision is important for all kinds of balance, movement and athletic performance.

For movement, primal-paleo activity has some great ideas.

Walk out to stay fit Dr. TheresaWhat about running? I don’t push it, perhaps because I’m not a runner myself. Running is not a good activity for weight loss (especially for women). It can be a good form of stress relief. If running is stressful for you, then try another form of movement.

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One of my favorite authors is Frank Forencich, author of Exuberant Animal: The Power of Health, Play and Joyful Movement and other books.

Another good starting place is Mark Sisson, author of the excellent 2009 book The Primal Blueprint. Men especially like it, but his message has general applicability.

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