Want to feel better in your body right now? Move it.

Talk about instant gratification!  In just minutes you’ll feel the rush of increased blood flow circulating around, it’s an internal warmth and buzz.  A self-generated positive induced high from which you will reap rewards not only now but tomorrow and beyond.

At your desk?  Stand up. Jump or shake. Freak out your office mates. Maybe you’ll start a trend. I just got a DeskCycle and I’ll report on it soon. At first glance, I’m impressed.

Lately I’ve decided to push my self harder.  Like everyone else, I can fall complacent.  Sure I work out most days – but with kind of attitude? Sometimes I just go through the motions.  Lately I’ve done that a little too much. Then I met someone who though super challenged by Type 1 diabetes and a heart valve replacement, he was out doing triathlons at 58 and coming in first in his age category.

Well if he can ….

I decided to ramp it up and cross train. Gone is this little click in my hip joint (slightly misaligned pevlis that I put back into place with my best go-to method, Pilates). Most days I also do a quick ride about my new home, Siesta Key.  A 6 mile lunchtime loop to get me off my writer’s butt and into the glorious beauty of this island.

I feel fantastic.

Return to Life is a book written by Joseph Pilates many years ago. Like so many pioneers, he was way ahead of his time.  Now, almost 100 years later, his system has exploded in popularity. It is a logical, robust method for exercising the mind, body and spirit. While you won’t hear much about the “spirit” part, it was very much a part of Joe’s approach.

Pilates has completely changed my life and my body. It is something that you can do for the rest of your life. It is save and effective for most everyone at any age. As a Pilates instructor, I have had the privilege to work with many people and have seen first hand the light return to their eyes and an new energy return to their being.  That, my friends, is the spirit part.

Just today, I got an email from the National Institutes of Health with some very good tips on how people can integrate more activity into their lives. It’s especially important in our society now because we have become ever so sedentary. And more and more reports show that being active makes a difference in how you feel and can prevent and reverse certain health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.

Moving more and sitting less can reduce your risk for many serious conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and certain kinds of cancer. Some studies suggest that physical activity can have mental benefits as well, helping to relieve depression and maintain thinking abilities as you age. Healthful physical activity includes exercise as well as many everyday activities, such as doing active chores around the house, yard work, or walking the dog. 

Source: National Institutes of Health 

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