// Movement

Consistent exercise improves muscle strength, bone health, heart health, immunity, sleep and elevates energy, mood and cognitive functioning. But despite all of these benefits, most adults do not regularly exercise. A quarter or more of adults reported no physical exercise at all in the past month according to the latest statistics on physical activity (2008 survey data) from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

For many of us, our work lives are in front of a computer and our busy schedules can challenge us in getting enough physical exercise to stay fit.  But without regular movement, our risk of obesity, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes increases dramatically.

Finding ways to build movement into our daily routine is paramount.  Walk around the office building with a colleague instead of chatting while sitting in chairs. Park farther away in a parking lot. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. The daily guideline is to rack up 10,000 steps a day. Do you?

 

Suggested resources to get started on your Movement practice:

  • McCall, T. (2007). Yoga As Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing. Bantam Books.
  • Crowley, C. & Lodge, H.S.  (2007).  Younger next year. New York: Workman Publishing.
  • Ferriss, T.  (2010).  The 4-hour body. New York: Crown Archetype.
  • Jonas, S. & Phillips, E.M.  (Eds.).  (2009).  ACSM’s exercise is medicine. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer / Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Online Resources

CDC Guidelines for Physical Activity

A quick guide to some health-tracking techno gadgets:

Fact sheets” associated with “Physical activity and health: A report of the Surgeon General” by the CDC.

“Exercise: 7 benefits of regular physical activity” from the Mayo Clinic

Additional Resources

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