Movement & Posture | Exercise is an Anti-Depressent | Wellness Inventory

 

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Movement & Posture | Exercise is an Anti-Depressant | Wellness Inventory

When we see a baby take its first steps we realize the power that movement has in our lives. Moving is one of the ways in which we can exert our will on our environment – if we see a stinging insect, feel too hot, feel too cold, or simply tire of sitting – we can move.

Moving our bodies through space is just one way that we interact with the world around us, and is one of our primary energy outputs.

Continuing with the series of blogs on Wellness, this post will proceed with a spin around the wellness wheel focusing on the 12 dimensions of wellness. We’ll look at the dimension of moving this week.

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Exercise is the #1 Anti-Depressant 

Now, I know what you are thinking – it will be all about exercise and how that is an important element of wellness. And yes – that is partially true.

Exercise is one of the choices we make in our lives that helps us to maintain well-being. And I do have to put in a pitch for exercise and movement being the best anti-depressant out there.

Exercise helps to regulate neurotransmitters such as serotonin and the stress hormone cortisol. Additionally, If you are familiar with my Insomnia E-Course you will also note the effect that exercise and movement have on helping us get the sleep that we need to wake up refreshed and energized.

But, I actually wanted to take a different trajectory about how our body interacts with the world around us. I want to focus on posture – does that surprise you?

Is posture movement? We usually think of posture as being static. How we hold our bodies might not even have occurred to you as part of movement. Actually, posture is composed of small movements that hold our bodies upright.

Think of a dancer lifting her rib-cage to lengthen her waist. Consider a pianist placing both feet on the floor to better strike the keys.

The Power of Posture in our Everyday Lives

How we hold our bodies has been found to demonstrate the powerful connection between our mind and our body. While I could site numerous studies that illustrate how our mood, energy, or memory is affected by how we hold our bodies, I am going to share with you the one I think is the most startling.

If you haven’t listened to Amy Cuddy’s famous Ted Talk I encourage you to do it. It is amazing. In her talk she explains how power positions can actually help change the hormones in our body.

Holding power positions for as little as two minutes increased levels of testosterone and decreased levels of cortisol, in the brain. This has a potent impact on research participants confidence and assurance.

So, the next time you need a boost of self esteem and confidence assume the power position (you’ll see what it is in the Ted Talk) and allow your brain to infuse you with the hormones to sustain you.

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What Else Do I Need to Know About Movement?

The Wellness Inventory also covers more detailed advice on how you can incorporate movement into your life for a better mind body connection. I’ve chosen to touch on two simple pieces of advice here:

  • Why you should exercise

  • How posture benefits us

However, if you struggle with low mood, and/or feel like your energy is stuck – like you just can’t accomplish your goals in life – you need to pop over to our Wellness Inventory to get deeper with the lessons I’m touching on in these blogs.

Assess Your Well-being

Assess your own state of overall well-being by visiting: Whole Person Wellness  This link takes you to the site where you can join me in the program that provides you access to 12 months of an in-depth look at your own wellness.

By joining me in the program you will have your individual results (far more detailed than in this blog) in the 12 dimensions we will be discussing, and the tools you need if you want to increase  your well-being and understand the relationship of how we move our bodies and our overall Wellness.
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Dr. Ines K. Roe has been helping women in transition rediscover themselves for over 20 years. If you’re  been feeling unfulfilled, are frustrated with your sense of accomplishment in midlife, or simply need guidance on your path to holistic well being, join her ecourses.

 

By | 2016-10-18T00:26:51+00:00 May 25th, 2015|Life Tools, Personal Care, Wellness|9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Cheryl Nicholl September 8, 2015 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    Thank you Dr. Roe. I agree. MOVING always sets my head and heart right. Keeping an inventory is even better! I’m hopping right over!

  2. CAROL CASSARA September 8, 2015 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    A trainer taught me the value of posture. It is responsible for far more than we think!

  3. Lois Alter Mark September 8, 2015 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    This is so true. As much as I hate exercising, I never regret having done it! It’s definitely a mood-booster.

  4. Ruth Curran September 8, 2015 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    I never considered posture and wonder why the heck not! You are so right — fires muscles, initiates brain activity, activates balance centers…. Thank you so much for this great insight Ines!

  5. Helene Cohen Bludman September 8, 2015 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    I have a hard time getting into a regular exercise routine but I know how important it is. I do feel better when I exercise.

  6. Mary September 8, 2015 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    I was going to put off exercising today because it is so hot. After reading this I will be getting on that treadmill! Thank you!

  7. Carolann September 8, 2015 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    I’ve been acutely aware of my posture this past year. I think a lot of women especially don’t realise how handbags being so heavy at times can really mess with posture. It’s so important to get up and move around a lot when working on these machines too! Great post!

  8. CAROL CASSARA September 21, 2015 at 9:20 am - Reply

    Yes, getting blood flowing definitely can improve mood. It’s hard to get motivated to exercise, but once there, it’s self-fulfilling, isn’t it?

  9. Mary Lanzavecchia September 21, 2015 at 9:28 am - Reply

    Such great information. After a head injury last winter, balance issues made it difficult for me to exercise in the way I had been. It took me a while to figure out the impact of that void and to start back-filling with fresh alternatives.

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