Movement & Exercise
Movement can be ANYTHING that meets your health goals. From getting in your steps through daily chores, building flexibility through yoga, developing strength and coordination through dance-inspired movements, elevating the heart rate through circuits, or building muscle via resistance training- it is whatever you want/need from any environment! It doesn't have to fatigue you. It doesn't have to increase the heart rate or make you sweat. It just involves moving the body in some sort of fashion.
Exercise is somewhat synonymous with Movement, yes; however, exercise is a step beyond movement. The term movement caters to a wider population - those experienced or not, old or young, functional or dysfunctional, etc. Exercise is thought of as something that is more challenging and fatiguing, and isn't as widely accepted by all. Exercise, like movement, is whatever you need it to be, but many do not understand that; exercise for one person looks different than exercise for another. That is the problem here: People compare themselves to what others are doing. Haven't ever picked up a weight, stepped foot in a gym, or walked casually down the road? Then walking 1 mile per day may be what is considered 'exercise' to you. And that's completely fine. Some examples of exercise can include:
Health At Every Size
FitRiss would like to encourage people interested in reaching a better fitness to move away from body weight and size goals before starting. Body image is a sensitive and debilitating topic in today's world, and after doing some soul-searching, I have recently decided to practice and promote HAES (health at every size). Exercise is used to elevate mood, productivity, and overall health. Weight loss CAN be achieved with fitness and health training, but it should not be the primary focus (unless your doctor recommends otherwise). If your goals are to reduce body fat percentages or weight for HEALTH reasons, then by all means do what you need to do! But have a secondary goal. I have noticed time and time again that when people reach a certain weight or appearance, they consider their journey "done" and end up gaining all the weight back plus some. Your journey is never done if you don't adopt the lifestyle you dedicated yourself to in the first place. Can you be more lenient? Sure! But don't every think a healthy lifestyle is ever 'done'. Another note to think about: if you are already healthy and still stuck on reducing your body size, then I encourage you to ask yourself this question: "what is a 5,10,or even a 15 lb weight loss really going to do for me?"
>>Will it reduce knee/joint pain?
>>Will it allow you to enjoy an activity with the family that is otherwise un-enjoyable?
Dig deep. Don't compare yourself to others. Find your OWN health reason for doing so &, most importantly, do it for yourself.
Bright Light Therapy has been extensively researched and clinically studied for the last twenty years, with major implications on one's mental and physical health status, specifically symptoms associated with depression. After some in-depth research, FitRiss was motivated to put what she has learned into practical use for those who truly need it. Here are the benefits of Bright Light Therapy, and why it should be used in combination with early to mid-morning exercise-
It decreases the following:
Why Do You Need it?
As we head into and endure winter, very little time is spent in sunlight - the days get shorter, and much of our time is spent indoors. The changing work environment has also left many to be deprived of this natural stimulate because, historically, much work had been done outside. As we switch from the Industrial Age to the Conceptual Age, a huge shift has occurred and now most work can, and is, being done indoors. What does this mean in terms of your health? Your body responds by producing the 'sleepy hormone', Melatonin, which is only produced during the evening hours when your brain processes darkness. It tells you to slow down, and helps induce sleep. What would this imply if it's being produced during the day? Can you think of how it would affect your daily activities? Including productivity at work, performance in sport, family/friend time, and personal well-being? Fatigue carries many burdens, and can be especially prominent just before, during, and even just after the winter months when the weather changes and darkness is at its all time high.
Why Exercise Then?
Exercise in combination with this therapy is an energy double whammy! Exercise induces the production of our 'happy hormones' that gives us energy, and is even as potent as many energy drinks in increasing alertness. It is needed more than ever before as we see this huge influx of desk-ridden career fields and job responsibilities.
Introducing light back into your day, while also combining it with exercise, will suppress that mood-dampening hormone that is so prevalent in this dark region of the world. By doing so, you can increase your productivity at work, performance in sport, or your own personal self-worth. Let's not forget the other added benefits of exercise mentioned above!
Still confused? Have more questions? Concerns? Don't be afraid to comment or contact me directly!