By Jennifer Elizabeth Masters
Whether it is taking a walk, a mountain hike or a swim in the ocean, moving our bodies does a lot more than just make us fit. Exercise enlivens the brain. It makes us feel good. Exercise releases endorphins
and oxygenates our brains and bodies. Exercising outside is even better. Being outdoors provides us with God particles (Adamantine particles) that clear our energy and make us feel good. Being out in nature gives us many added benefits. Anything that makes us feel good without taking drugs, medication or alcohol is GREAT in my book! Moving helps to relieve depression or stress and can make us feel happy and alive.
Today, I went to the gym ostensibly to do a yoga class. The yoga instructor got sick at the last minute. Rather than leaving the gym, I stayed and ended up having a private session with a very fit young man who taught advanced yoga for years. How fortuitous, I thought! The class is cancelled, and I get a private class instead. We were still doing yoga as a group of very lively women began to enter the studio. I asked what class they were arriving for and was told “Zumba.” I have watched people hooting and hollering outside of the classroom on more than one occasions. I have to admit I judged it. 30 years ago I remember doing a fitness dance class in England to get my big old butt back in shape after my second son was born. I knew it worked! Two of the women immediately suggested I stay. Being a white woman, and anything but graceful on the dance floor, I moved outside of my comfort zone and decided to stay for the class.
Although I was usually behind the instructor by a step or two, I kept up with the class however clumsy I was. I stayed because things happen for a reason. This lively group, the music and the movement made me feel good. I didn’t focus on the fact that I couldn’t do the dance steps perfectly, or the fact that I sweat my butt off. The bottom line was I was doing something new and adventurous.
Doing something new can bring more happiness into your world. Stepping out of your comfort zone can be just what you need right now. Moving your body will help clear depression, and improve your sex life. Unlocking your hips, pelvis and body can help you enjoy sex more. Just walking actively for 30 minutes every day can be enough to make you feel better and get your heart in better shape. If the weather is bad, you can always do laps in the nearest mall.
I have added one of my favorite Disney songs from Madagascar. They have the right idea: I like to MOVE IT!