I am lucky enough, that my parents were both in professional sports, and therefore as a child, I was growing up with a very active lifestyle filled with various types of movement, sports, and fun activities.
But once I become a teenager and more independent I start being responsible for my own time "well spend". Eventually, I stopped attending our family trips to nature and doing sports with them, so I could hang out with my friends or just stay home in my comfort zone.
As a result of my unhealthy lifestyle, with too little movement and whatever diet, I have not only gained weight but also my immune system, digestion and skin suffered, so doctors' visits become more frequent.
“Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live.” - Jim Rohn
Luckily, I came back to my senses when I was 18 years old and my fitness journey has begun.
I have started feeling stronger, more energized, my skin, digestion, and even mood improved almost immediately.
Now it's more than 10 years since I have fallen in love with fitness and a healthy lifestyle enjoying all the benefits of it from a strong body and mind to sexy abs!
I wrote this article, as I want to inspire you to get moving as well, to enjoy your life to the fullest, as you meant to do.
What is the movement?
Movement is a fundamental aspect of life and it affects how we feel physically and emotionally. Movement is more than just 'exercise' and does not necessarily require effort, though it does require action.
There are seven basic movements the human body can perform and all other exercises are merely variations of these seven: Pull, Push, Squat, Lunge, Hinge, Rotation, and Gait. When performing all of these movements, you will be able to stimulate all of the major muscle groups in your body.
People who change their bodies with exercise (rather than dieting) feel better — about their bodies, about their capabilities, about their health, and their overall quality of life.
1. Healthy body weight.
2. Improved metabolism (Digestion).
3. Disease prevention.
4. Strong body immunity.
5. Increase in bone density.
6. Cardiovascular health.
7. Stress reduction.
8. Pain management.
9. Body rehabilitation.
There are many types of movements you can enjoy on daily basis by including them in your weekly routines. Ideally, try to combine low and high-impact movements to create the right balance while getting the most of the benefits and giving your body some time to recover as well.
Examples of high-intensity movement:
HIIT, Strong Nation, Body Shape, Jumping, Jogging, Intense weight training, Cardio, dance workout, simply anything that has an impact on your joints and raises your heartbeat to make you sweat.
Examples of low-intensity movement:
Anything from gentle stretching, yoga, walking, swimming, easy weight lifting, slow, and control movement with no impact on your joints while keeping your heart rate low.
Low-impact exercises can be the leading star of your workout routine. Many low-impact exercises offer the same benefits as their high-intensity exercise alternatives and can be performed for longer periods, as they are more gentle to your body.
High-impact exercises are a great way to get your daily movement done when lacking on time.
I have started my fitness journey with low impact types of workouts until my joints and body were strong enough to take it to the next level and perform some high intensity moves like jogging, jumping, intense weight training, and HIIT class.
I am forever thankful to fitness trainer and coach Zuzka Light to get me started and keep me going on my fitness journey even during the business, darkest days with her 5-15 minutes daily workouts.
If you also seek to improve your lifestyle or shape in a quick and effective way, I highly recommend getting her book here:
Remember: You don’t have to “work out” or “exercise” to move. And you don’t need to improve your physical activity overnight, either.
Take your time. Do what you like. Pick one small new way you can move today and do it.
If you need help to get started on this journey leave a comment below and I will contact you to schedule a free introduction call, so we can look together for the best ways to balance movement into your busy life.
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