Movement can be a powerful support to our mental well-being. In this lesson we’ll learn about ways exercise and other forms of movement can help us feel better.
Importance of Moving
What can you do to get moving?
Here are some different types of movement that you can try. To get moving and build the habit of physical activity, it’s important to find a type of exercise that you like.
For some people, being part of a group helps people stay fit. Others enjoy solitary activities. It is important to know which type of person you are.
Join a team or club
If you like being part of a group, one way to stay fit is to join a team. Even if you don’t think of yourself as athletic or competitive, you can find a team who wants to play in a more casual way.
In schools, some sports have no requirement for players to have certain physical abilities or knowledge of the sport to be part of the team. Some examples of activities that are open to people of all levels of physical ability are cross- country running, jogging, walking, team tennis, biking, bowling, Ping-Pong, or soccer.
Your local parks and recreation department will host low-cost sports teams that you can sign up for online or at a local park. Many times, they have softball, volleyball, and basketball teams that anyone can join.
The Internet is a great place to search for other information, such as non-profit organizations that might sponsor fun runs. Some non-profits offer training for marathons and half marathons if you agree to assist with fundraising for their organization.
These classes can be empowering, letting us experience ourselves in control of dangerous situations. Model muggings, karate, martial arts, kickboxing, or other activities that require a range of physical effort are recommended.
Yoga can be done in groups in a studio or even at home, with online instruction from videos on YouTube or social media. It requires no special equipment.
Guided full body workout programs
If you prefer to exercise alone and need something flexible with a low time commitment, a guided program where you follow along with an instructor while doing basic exercises might be for you. Always make sure you understand what these programs will ask you to do, and choose one that you can complete without injuring yourself.
One example is the 5BX and XBX, which were developed by the Royal Canadian Air Force to keep their pilots in shape. It is available online for free, can be done indoors, and requires no equipment. It is a progressive training program that gradually gets harder, almost like having your own coach. The top 5BX chart is designed for professional athletes. It is recommended that you only do this level if you have a coach.
Here’s a video to get you started:
There is a whole universe of options out there for getting moving. For your practice plan this week, you’ll commit to picking out a way to get moving and following through with it. Find something that you love.
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