My theme for June is The Healing Power of Movement. I will be sharing information and leading exercises about this topic during my two Heal Your Life and Mind-Body Skills Support Group meetings on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday evenings in June, as well as in my blog posts and on social media. Movement is also a topic of the Mind-Body Skills Group that is set to kick off Monday evening, June 9. I have a personal goal to move more this summer – somehow I have gotten off-track with exercising regularly – can you relate to that?
Movement is great for the mind, body, and spirit.
Some of my favorite ways to move are walking in nature, water aerobics, yoga, and dancing. Movement can also be very healing. Research has shown that exercise improves our moods, likely by triggering increased levels of neurotransmitters in the brain such as serotonin and norepinephrin as well as increasing levels of endorphin.
Exercise can reduce anxiety.
Exercise works by balancing the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems similar to relaxing activities like meditation. Exercise also clears the mind; studies have shown it to improve mental functioning in older people, even those suffering with Alzheimer’s. Symptoms of some health conditions can be prevented or relieved with exercise, which has been proven to provide positive impacts for heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and cancer.
If you are looking for some new ways to move, check out the Nia class this Saturday at The Red Shoes or this article featuring Dr. Gordon, Founder of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, sharing how shaking and dancing can help treat PTSD. I would love to hear your favorite movement exercises and any inspiring stories you would like to share – check out this story by Tanya who I met at one of the CMBM trainings.
See you at the gym or on the dance floor :-).