I Like to Move It, Move It!!

February is upon us, and for many……we’ve already abandoned our New Year’s Resolution to exercise more. But how about this? Instead of exercise….think movement!

Exercise was a concept to address the negative consequences of our modern, sedentary lifestyles. What it really does is to separate people into “exercisers” or “non-exercisers” rather than all people being considered “movers.” Take out a piece of paper and write down what you think of as exercise on one side of the sheet of paper. On the other side of the paper, write down what constitutes movement. Being active doesn’t need to be tedious or something you “have to do.” It can include fun ways to reconnect with your body!

What we want to do is reframe movement vs. exercise and increase your enjoyment of physical activity. It really results in a mindset shift:  This understanding that movement can be fun, joyful and that ALL movement counts! Humans were designed for movement and in fact movement is essential not only for physical wellbeing, but for improved mental health.

We should strive to “move” in some way every day. And just like our diet should be varied, so should your movement. Repetitive movements can lead to muscle imbalances and possibly overuse injuries. So even if you are moving using structured activities like running, stair climbing, weightlifting or spinning, you should vary your choice of exercises.

Not all movement is created equal, although movement shouldn’t be defined as good or bad. Walking ranks supreme in terms of ease, equipment, opportunity and connection. But your movement selection depends on your physical ability, preferences and goals. I love to turn on music and dance!

Movement is an opportunity for self expression. It provides a ton of physical, emotional, and mental benefits. Aim for 30-minutes daily and “just move it, move it!”

New Year…..New Journey!

As we pick up speed in the New Year, I am excited to share that I am embarking on a new adventure. But this isn’t the typical New Year’s resolution kind of journey. Nor is it simply setting an intention to guide me during the upcoming year.

I have spent the past year fighting to regain my health. I was diagnosed with my first autoimmune disease (Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura) in 2004. I was diagnosed with my next autoimmune illness (Hashimoto Thyroiditis) in 2012. By late 2017, I was in the middle of a perfect autoimmune storm. I was constantly fighting one infection or another of some sort…from minor colds, to a bout of bronchitis that became my BFF, to my first ever experience having the flu! After about 6 months of feeling like crap, I sought help from a functional doctor. It was only then I learned the detrimental impact autoimmune illness can have…and let me tell you, it is no joke.

There has been a silver lining for me though. As a certified health and wellness coach, I have found my niche.  There are over 50 million people living with autoimmune disease. That means nearly one in five people are coping with at least one of the more than 100 autoimmune illnesses. While autoimmunity is not curable, making diet and lifestyle changes can go a long way to improving health.

Later this month, I will begin an AIP Certified Coach Practitioner Training Program. I’m excited to channel my energy to help other people living with autoimmune disease improve their quality of life.

Do NOT go gentle into that good night!

I don’t know about you, but I have no intention of aging gracefully. As I slip and slide ever closer to the big 6-0, this quote has become my mantra:

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming Wow! What a Ride!”                                              Hunter S. Thompson

But in order to arrive in such an irreverent fashion, we must do our best to be our best!

Check out September’s Active Aging newsletter!


What is Wellness Coaching?

When ‘I’ is replaced by ‘We’, even illness becomes wellness.
-Malcolm X

Professional coaches have long been recognized for their skills in helping athletes and executives perform at their best. Now, professional wellness coaches are helping people reach their best health and well- being. So exactly how does a wellness coach help you? A wellness coach:

  • is non-judgmental and meets you where you are right now
  • empowers you to take charge
  • guides you in doing the mindful thinking and doing work that builds confidence
  • helps you define a higher purpose for wellness and uncover your natural impulse to be well
  • encourages you tap into your innate fighting spirit
  • addresses mental and physical health as your partner
  • helps you create a personal wellness vision
  • works with you to set realistic goals; small victories lay the foundation for self-efficacy
  • helps you identify and harness the strengths you need to overcome obstacles
  • encourages you to view obstacles as opportunities to learn and grow
  • serves as a positive and motivational member of your support team
  • inspires and challenges you to go beyond what you would do alone

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