In the age of the coronavirus, we are being asked to respond in ways we never imagined; specifically for self-isolation … staying at home. As we practice self-isolation, we must be careful to preserve not only our physical health but also our emotional well-being. We must remain in good health and healthy.
I can’t think of any other way to do either than physical activity and movement. The importance of physical activity and movement is not new. It goes back to the beginning of time. The ability to run, walk, jump, climb, lift, carry, crawl, throw and grab objects was essential for survival.
Physical activity, although it is not motivated by the same necessities as in prehistoric times, is just as important today; even more when you are locked up. Regardless of your age, pain, mental or physical abilities or disabilities, you can and muou participate in some form of physical activity if your goal is to stay healthy and sane during tough or difficult times.
While it feels good to “hang out” with friends, you don’t need to get the physical activity and mental stimulation you need. In fact, one of the simplest and easiest ways to put both into your day is to … just get moving. People, who are fortunate enough to have good physical and emotional health, move naturally and regularly, whether indoors or outdoors.
Moving naturally means incorporating an activity into your day that doesn’t require a lot of time, thought, or effort. Examples of natural movement activities include: standing while talking on the phone, walking in place while watching your favorite TV show or movie, dancing to your favorite music (anytime, anywhere), swing or pump your arms while sitting, standing or walking, swinging from side to side while cooking. Even small daily motions like sweeping, dusting, mopping, or getting up to turn off a light add up over the course of the day or week. Big or small movements, they all count.
Sometimes I get asked, “Does sitting in a rocking chair matter?” It depends. I once read that our 35th US President used a rocking chair to relieve his back pain. While rocking has some health benefits, there are other ways of moving that more specifically meet the prescribed definition of physical activity and natural movement. Of course, rocking back and forth in a chair is better than nothing.
The bottom line is this: find your natural movement of choice. Then make it a daily habit. Be consistent, conscientious and passionate. See every opportunity as an opportunity to move. It doesn’t matter if you are sitting or standing, just move around. People who move naturally have a better quality of life (and are healthier) than those who don’t.
Stay healthy … stay sane … stay active.