To be human...

When it comes to movement the human body tops them all in the animal kingdom.  Amphibians, birds, fish, invertebrates, mammals and reptiles all move in their own ways some more unique than others.  However as humans we have the ability to move in more ways than any other species. We can walk, crawl, run, jump, climb, swim, twist, bend, rotate; lunge and some of us can even fly!  Our bodies were built so we can be creative and move in multiple ways.  Humans were meant to move; our bodies crave movement so it’s imperative we provide it with what it needs to maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle.  The recipe is simple, move more than you did yesterday.  The challenge for some is simply convincing ourselves that we need to move more to feel good and to become healthier.  Because the mind is connected to the body, we often neglect our potential movement and allow our minds to control our bodies.  If we block our normal and stagnant thought patterns and create movement with our body, than naturally our minds will follow and learn to appreciate these movements we were born to do.

There are no limits to how much we can move or how fit we can become just like it’s impossible to learn too much.  Our bodies adapt and grow as does our minds but only if we allow them to.  We must never let our bodies and minds to stop growing.  To be healthy both mind and body need to be in sync so we can apply ourselves to movement patterns of fitness and wellness.  Lots of people have the misconception to be fit they have to join a gym, lift weights and hit the cardio machines.  These are effective ways to become fit but it might not be right for you.  There are countless other ways to enjoy movement and we must understand that fitness comes in many forms other than pumping iron.  Walking, running, yoga, bike riding, boxing, dancing, rowing, climbing and sports are just some of the ways we can become fit.  I’m a firm believer that in order for us to become healthier we have to move in one way or another doing something that we enjoy.  Movement helps relieve tension in muscle tissue and can help reverse and relieve joint and muscle pain.  It won’t happen overnight but with the one day at a time approach we’ll always be better than the last.  So find something you enjoy doing, learn a new skill or sport that will enable and encourage you to move more often.  It’s our duty to give our body what it was built for and that it is to be human and move.