Updated: Jul 31, 2020
Why is exercise so important?
Exercise is one of the best activities you can engage in to improve your immunity and your life, from your mood to your sex drive. A dopamine hit will come across you and last throughout the day. Dopamine is responsible for increasing calmness, awareness, and your presence in life while decreasing anxiety, depression, anger, and more. Exercise can help you think better too!
Some other benefits of exercise include the following:
Controls and helps you lose weight
Improves your mood and combats depression
Boosts energy levels
Promotes better sleep
Puts the spark back into your sex life!
Dance makes you smarter
Our Healthy Behaviors Have a Long Reach - Down to the Cellular Level
The aging process is complex, but an of research focuses on tiny bits of non-replicating DNA called telomeres. Located at the tips of chromosomes, telomeres aid in cell replication and protect the genetic material within our cells. They are also thought to play a critical role in health and longevity. Shorter telomeres are an indicator of aging. Telemeres communicate with mitochondria considered the powerhouse of the cells. Muscles carry over 90% of the mitochondria in the body. Another important reason to keep your muscles healthy with exercise. Factors that have a positive influence on maintaining telomere length are vegetable consumption, exercise, and the ingestion of vitamins, minerals and fiber.
Recent Research on the Mind Body Connection!
Research advances have emphasized the importance of including the body in treatment of any type of trauma. According to dance movement therapist, Claire Moore, “the sensations and actions that have become stuck in and after traumatic events need to be integrated and processed in the treatment process, so that the person can regain a sense of familiarity and efficacy in the body. Dancing can help the brain and body connection and assist you in relaxing, enjoying and looking and feeling better in body and mind and spirit!
Steps to get moving forward with your exercise routine!
If You Are Currently NOT Exercising:
Take one small step at a time!
What do you enjoy doing walking, biking, dancing, etc?
Here is an example: Start waking up an hour earlier, and going five minute brisk walk (or as long as you can). Set your goal for a brisk 5 minute walk daily for a week. Always listen to your body first. If you are in pain or your body says "not today" listen to it!