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MOVEMENT IS MEDICINE
I say this to clients all the time..."movement is medicine!". This is a powerful belief of mine. When we're stagnant, energy and emotions can get 'stuck', for lack of a better word, in the fascia. If you've never read the book, Molecules of Emotion by Candace Pert, it's a MUST READ! I read it about 11 years ago, and although I was already a believer in the mind-body connection, this book blew my mind! As a believer, I'm still always looking for 'proof' and for me, this book delivered! If you read one book the rest of the year, let this be it.
Okay, off my soap box and back to movement and immunity. We all know exercise (regardless of the form) is one of the pillars of a healthy life-style. Regular exercise improves blood pressure, cardiovascular function, joint health, mental health, and protects us against certain diseases. All of this directly affects our immunity. When we have a regular exercise practice, we tend to make healthier choices in life-style and nutrition. We sleep better, eat better, and handle stress better. To me, that's a huge element of HOW exercise strengthens immunity.
When we're physically active, we release 'feel good' hormones, we experience mental clarity, and we're better equipped to handle stress when faced with it. The beautiful thing is, we get less stressed out too. And when stress levels are down, immunity goes up! This all is a win-win-win (body, mind, and spirit)!
So what do I mean by "have a regular exercise practice"?
1) Well first, MOVE most days of the week. How you 'move', I don't care. Just move! Do what you enjoy cuz if you don't enjoy it, you're not gonna do it!
2) Next, SWEAT! One of the ways our body releases toxins is through our sweat. So you gotta sweat! Ideally 3-5 days a week. Again, what you do is your choice. Run, speed walk with your pup, play a sport, or do one of my Soulfit HIIT videos in my online studio ;) But sweat!
3) Finally, YOGA. Start a Yoga practice. There are countless studies showing how the postures (Asana), breath work (Pranayama), and meditation heal the mind and body leading to less stress (when done as a regular practice). And remember... +stress = -immunity.
Now, your 'regular Yoga practice' doesn't even have to be a 60-75 minute class (even 15 minutes has an impact) but start a Yoga practice. And it doesn't have to be my class (in person or online) just start! There's an amazing article in Psychology Today touting the powerful effects of Yoga and increased immunity. You can read it HERE!
So last week, I gave you nutrition tips for boosting your immune system BEFORE the flu and cold season hit. Now, we've added movement. Put those two together consistently and now you're talkin' health! Next week, we'll dive into how sleep, or more importantly lack of, affects immunity.
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In Love & Gratitude,