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This seemingly simple question that can elicit a different response from anyone who answers. Chances are your answer to that question is as unique as your DNA.
Yesterday I had a delightful visit with Lisa Workman, founder of WhyIMove.com. Lisa is a curator of stories submitted by anyone, anywhere to the Why I Move website. If you are low on motivation, a quick scroll down the website’s forum will inspire you to lace up and head out the door. When you get back from your workout, take a moment to submit your own story to Lisa.
Because if I don’t move, then I’m not moving. Plain and simple.
It’s like laundry. If I don’t do my laundry, then I don’t have any clean clothes to wear. If I don’t buy fresh produce, then I don’t have any fresh produce in my refrigerator. If I don’t move, then I won’t have a fit and healthy body to live in.
Do you see where I’m going with this?
I see my body as a responsibility and a privilege. My physical and emotional body is mine for a lifetime, and it is both my responsibility and privilege to take care of it.
It’s not just a responsibility, because that makes it seem burdensome.
It’s not just a privilege, because that implies entitlement.
My body is an exciting responsibility and privilege, and moving is part of my action plan to be healthy.
We are organic beings. We decay over time. Sounds a bit icky, but it’s true. Regular physical activity is key to slowing the natural decaying process of our organic bodies.
I like how Lisa chose the word ‘move’. It is an unintimidating verb that encompasses both structured exercise and active living. Structured exercise is brisk walking, running, biking, circuit training and anything else that elevates your heart rate and fatigues your muscles. Active living is gardening, golfing, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, playing catch, and basically anything except sitting on the sofa.
Lisa has categorized submissions with titles such as adventure, energy, fun, independent living, quality of live, and weight management. She actually has 44 different categories, so if you are having a tough time putting your finger on why exactly you move (or why you should/could), they are listed on the website’s right column.
Moving is part of our value system. Both exercise and active living require intention and time. We only dedicate intention and time to things that we value. The only person who can move your body is you. You can’t turn to your spouse and say, “Oh honey, can you go to yoga for me today? I’m too tired.” Your spouse has his own responsibility and privilege to be active. Go to yoga together.
I move for many different reasons, physical and emotional, and my reasons can vary day-by-day, season-by-seaon. Moving is a choice motivated by my value to have a healthy body. I choose to move, because being sedentary is simply not an option.
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