moving your body: the starter guide
Growing up and maturing is challenging on a bunch of fronts—learning how to budget your finances, apartment hunting, nurturing relationships—so it’s sometimes easy to neglect one of your most basic responsibilities: taking care of your body. That’s right, some good ol’ TLC. We need TLC like the Tin Man needs his oil refuels. But keep in mind that caring for your body as it ages doesn’t have to be hard! Think of it as an opportunity to learn to love yourself in a whole new way.
We don’t know exactly what kind of TLC your body is craving, but we do believe that moving your body can help you figure it out. So we put together some ideas and resources to get you started.
BEING ACTIVE AS SELF-CARE
Our bodies influence how we feel both mentally and physically, and so it comes as no surprise that exercise is often the missing key when we’re feeling off. According to the CDC, fewer than 40 percent of women in the U.S. engage in its recommended amount of physical activity, and over 25 percent reported not being active at all. “The more active you are, the better,” Dr. Joyce Meng said.
GOOD NEWS: ACtivity CAN BE SIMPLE
Even if it’s just walking for 30 minutes a day, exercise bolsters heart health, builds muscle and bone strength, and prevents other health issues like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Start small and try getting creative with your exercise. “If you're busy, try short bursts of activity throughout the day,” Meng said. Park at the back of the parking lot and take the stairs, or walk a lap around the office during your break.
Getting active with intention won’t just empower you to improve your health—it’ll also allow you to identify what it is your body really needs. Are you experiencing unusual soreness? Have you let that pain in your neck go unchecked for too long? Are you ready to challenge your daily habits and make progress that you can see and feel?
Resources for taking care
Here are a few ideas about how to stay active and conscious about your body health. Check out the links below!