YOU MOVED IT? GOOD FOR YOU!
“Increased physical activity enhances positive energy.” Lailah Gifty Akita
MOVEMENT AND EXERCISE CAN:
Everyone knows that exercise is good for physical health but it’s surprising how much it benefits our well being.
- Raise self confidence
- Reduce stress
- Help you sleep better
- Help alleviate anxiety
- Prevent cognitive decline
- Improve memory
- Reduce anxiety and depression
- Boost brainpower
- Increase relaxation
- Increase creativity
SOME QUICK AND SIMPLE (AND FUN) MOVE IT IDEAS
STRIKE A POSE
Check out this great TED Talk from Amy Cuddy who explains how “power posing” – standing or even sitting in a powerful position can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain. Right now do it – put your feet on the desk, or strike a “Wonder Woman” pose.
If you can’t watch it right now, here’s the gist: “Here’s what we find on testosterone. From their baseline when they come in, high-power people experience about a 20-percent increase, and low-power people experience about a 10-percent decrease. So again, two minutes, and you get these changes. Here’s what you get on cortisol. High-power people experience about a 25-percent decrease, and the low-power people experience about a 15-percent increase. So two minutes lead to these hormonal changes that configure your brain to basically be either assertive, confident and comfortable, or really stress-reactive, and feeling sort of shut down.”
TAKE A STROLL
Exercising on a consistent basis is important, but even in you can’t – get up and take a walk. Take a lap around the office, pop down the stairwell, go around the building. Researcher Jeff Miller, Ph.D., says walking, “will almost certainly result in increased feelings of pleasant energy. And that’s true whether you expect this to occur or not.”
A LITTLE MUDRA
If you can’t get up and take a walk or strike a pose you can try this – mudras. A mudra is the gesturing of the hands with the intention of bringing back the balance of energy in the body. “Certain yoga mudras are believed to instigate particular energy flows and stimulate different emotions, spiritual reactions and reactions in the body. By pressing together, curling, touching or pointing different fingers or parts of the hands in different ways, you can stimulate reflexes from the hand to the brain.” International Day of Yoga