How movement brought me health
The human body is designed for movement. Many times, we don’t realize how important movement is. Especially in modern life, we have become really lazy, and we don’t even realize it. Many of us think – what’s the big deal about movement? And continue with our sedentary lifestyles. I, too, thought the same at some point in my life, but experience taught me how important movement is. I remember two instances which taught me the importance of movement.
Remembering my good old college days: The first incident was from my post-college days. Just after my college was finished, I was happy thinking I got freedom – freedom to live life on my terms. Studying is a task happening for years – school, college, exams, and so on. We need to do many things in student life. So, after college, for the first time in my life, I got the luxury to chill. I can wake up any time, sleep anytime. I can watch TV in my bed, eat food anytime I want, and watch TV for hours. No rules whatsoever. What freedom!
How lack of movement lead to my weight gain: After months of enjoying this freedom, to my shock, I started putting on weight. It was never this way. I could eat whatever I wanted to and maintain my body. I was super thin, and I did not even think I could put on weight. But now, I started putting on weight. It’s because I did not have a movement.
In school and college, there was a lot of movement. I used to play tennis. But after college, I stopped playing tennis as I was becoming dark because of playing tennis outdoors and I did not want that tan. I wanted my color back, and I was interested in beauty. Little did I realize that beauty is not about skin complexion, but it means to be active, healthy, energetic with skin glowing and feeling good. But when we are in the twenties, we don’t think of beauty this way.
My weight loss: This experience of putting on weight taught me the importance of movement in my life. After receiving feedback from my ‘very sweet’ siblings and friends, I realized how fat I have become. So, I started making changes in my lifestyle and added a lot of movement in daily life. These changes in lifestyle helped me lose weight and regain fitness. I did not read about the importance of movement then, but I started practicing it out of my experience. Later, when I read books on wellness, I found out how important movement is in life. I shared two good books on movement at the end of the article. Check them out.
How lack of movement caused me backache: Here is the second experience, which taught me the importance of movement. About 3 to 4 years back, I was writing a script for “manasuki nachindi” movie – my directorial debut. I was very engrossed, involved, and consumed in writing this script. I would wake up in the morning and involve myself in writing the script. I would sit for hours and hours at a stretch without any kind of movement. I enjoyed this phase, but I was not moving much.
How I solved my backache: And after 8 months, I developed a very bad ache. It was hurting me badly, and I researched as to why this happened and how to solve it. I figured out that this is due to my continuous sitting for long hours. So, I changed my working style. I am blessed with a beautiful 4-acre garden. Whenever I needed to think, I started going into the garden and walk. I got the best ideas when I walked in nature. I came back home and jotted down these ideas. I started using a standing desk. I added a lot of movement in my working day. And you won’t believe – my backache disappeared like magic in just 3 weeks.
Before making this change in my lifestyle, I did not realize that my backache is because of lack of movement. I spent lots of money on various experts and tried many things to get rid of backache. But nothing worked. So, when I added movement, my backache was gone in just 3 weeks. I was amazed at the power of movement.
Power of movement: Many of us underestimate movement. And because of our laziness, we get into a mode where there is not much movement in our lives. Laziness is a dis-ease. It restricts your creative flow and your passion for life. It is not the natural state of the human body. The human body is designed to move, to be active, and to be energetic. So, say goodbye to your laziness and embrace the movement.
Benefits of movement: When you add lots of movement in your daily life, you radiate freshness, and you become dynamic. Your blood flows well, and you feel energetic. You feel great about yourself and life. Your thoughts become streamlined, and your emotions become stable. Your health improves. When your thoughts change, your destiny changes because we create our situations and circumstances based on our thoughts. The benefits of movement are endless.
Movement is not just for weight loss. It is a game-changer, and it transforms the whole life. It is a huge lifestyle change. The best part is it is simple and easy. It does not need any equipment or special conditions. Movement helps me stay active and energetic throughout my day. To take my energy levels to the next level, I complement movement with the right food.
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As shown in the “move it” song from Madagascar, let’s move it. This song is so inspiring and brings me a smile. Let’s move, move, move. Yay.
Here are 2 books I like about movement. Check them out.