Note: This blog originally published in February 2011.
As I observe changes in my aging process, I am especially aware that what we do, what we eat, how we rest, and even what we think, affects our body.
What I was able to eat even five years ago, now causes weight gain – and not necessarily in the same places. Dark circles under my eyes are even darker when my rest isn’t sufficient. The energy crash from a sugary treat – crashes harder than I ever remember. Now, if I don’t exercise, my joints get stiff and I look the way my Grandmother did when she would get ‘stuck’ on the floor!
In my youth, I didn’t understand, nor appreciate the value of a healthy body. Now as I edge toward 50, I appreciate each and every moment that I feel good. I respect that fact that I need to work at having a healthy body every day I am blessed with.
How do you stop the busyness churn and take care of you? How do you find time to be physically fit?
Nourish your body. Intentionally think about what you give to your body. What food, medication, amount of rest, or moments of joy do you offer? Stay aware of what energizes and empowers your entire physical system. Stay aware of the reaction your energy and attitude has related to what you do.
Surround yourself with people, places, activities, sustenance and energy that is life giving. Release everything else; you have one body in your life journey, take great care of this gift.
Move your body. MOVE, MOVE, MOVE! Take the stairs, go for a walk, or join a gym. Do something, do anything to keep your body moving. Keep your muscles strong, keep your heart pumping; strengthen, lengthen, stretch, and twist. Move at your own pace, but pace yourself well. I’ll say it again, MOVE, MOVE, MOVE!
Lead by example. Be an example for others to learn and grow from. Once nourished and in motion, go out and help another. Find a way to improve the life of a friend or a stranger. Be an active participant in the process of doing something special for someone outside of you.
Use your health and wellness to impact and inspire others to improve their body care; shine as an example of healthy living.
How will you care for your body today?