In a recent article in the Seattle Times titled “Improving Mental Health by Improving Physical Health” the author discusses the connection between increased movement and decreased feelings of depression.
Of course this is NOT the first time we have heard this. However, this article makes the task seem much less intimidating simply by changing the language we use when thinking of it.
The sheer thought of exercise makes many people immediately roll their eyes and sigh. It feels like yet another chore that “should” get done. The term exercise paints a picture of cardio machines, running, or aerobics in a gym surrounded by people comparing or competing with each other. It feels timed. As if to say, “If I don’t get in at least 30-minutes then I have failed.” Or the pressure of “If I don’t burn a specific amount of calories then it was a waste.”
The thought of movement on the other hand makes many people immediately feel energetic and excited. As if the options are fun and limitless. Movement also implies forward progress and empowerment. The term movement paints a picture of freedom and dancing. It paints an image of perhaps even playing outside while enjoying nice weather. Or the picture of going on a nature walk for the purpose of pure adventure. Movement does not feel timed. It feels free. Movement does not calculate calories burned, but fun rather fun experienced. Movement does not have to cost money for gym memberships or exercise DVDs. Movement can occur anytime and anywhere. From dancing in your kitchen, to playing on a swing set, to shooting a basketball in the front yard.
Now that is language I can get used to. So how about we enjoy some movement today. Then we can enjoy some more tomorrow and before we know it our mood will improve as well.
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