Movement Is Medicine

Movement is medicine and science proves it.  Just 30 minutes a day spent sweating at your maximum heart rate of 65% or greater changes everything about you, from your brain to your butt.  And I like, like, like those results.

Most of you know how much I love exercise and that one of my key motivating factors to keep me hitting the gym, no matter what, is my children and now my grand daughter.  I think about the things I’d like to be doing with them when I’m 60, 70, even 120 years old and all of them require my body and my brain.  I have no problem accepting the responsibility incumbent on me, to TAKE CARE OF MYSELF.  

When I started my physique renovation all those years ago, I was a lump, a bump and a frump.  With 85 pounds of unhealthy fat to lose, it required all kinds of movement to change, something I wasn’t used to.  But the more I moved, the more I liked it and the more I liked myself.  There’s something delicious about the pump and flood of feel-good hormones that are released when you train.  Sometimes I feel so damn good when I train, I cry from joy. Yes joy, not pain.  

I learned to love movement simply for the joy of being physical. And because I could.  My stepson, Braden, injured in an automobile accident and robbed of his physicality at the age of 11, could not move.  Anything. His body was frozen.  But he still smiled.  And I took that as fuel to move even more.  I carry him with me now, though he passed away in 2011. I must move because I can and have a responsibility to do so.  

Now I want you to feel that kind of fabulousness when you move.  Choose movement over inertia when you are depressed.  Choose sweating over swearing when life hands you a test.  Choose sprinting, swimming, dancing, cycling, lifting or any other “ing” you can think of and get out there.  Do it. Do it. Do it.  The rewards are countless..  Clarity of mind. Improved tolerance to life.  Better mood.  And dozens more such stunning trophies of wellness.  

Over the course of this month I will be writing about movement; my favourite moves for toning and tightening my butt and core, how I use my body to process thought, why movement is mediation for me, and what happens to our juicy brains when we move.  Bring your heart and your love of wellness along for this ride.  I want to hear from you too.  

For today, commit to moving your gorgeousness for 30 minutes and then write me in the COMMENTS section below, to tell me what you did. Heck, why not send a picture too!

Love to you all,

In wellness (delicious, juicy and abundant wellness),

Tosca

PS. Comments please!!