Low-intensity movement is a great way to improve your health, mood, and well-being. It refers to any physical activity that does not raise your heart rate or breathing too much, such as walking, stretching, yoga, gardening, or dancing. But for some reason, we tend to think if we are not hitting the gym 5-6 days a week at full speed we aren't doing enough. Most of that comes from the last 10-20 years of misinformed fitness and Fad culture.
I want you to understand that a slow-flow stretch class, like the ones I teach, a walk or even just playing with your kids outside is doing your mind and body good. This type of movement should become an intentional part of your weekly routine aimed at improving your health span and happiness for the long run. Keep reading.
One of the main benefits of low-intensity movement is that it can reduce stress and anxiety. When you move your body gently and mindfully, you activate your parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for calming and relaxing your body. This can help you cope with the challenges and pressures of modern life, and improve your mental health. All of the classes in The Total Body Reset Program are aimed at getting this exact outcome, less stress.
Another benefit of low-intensity movement is that it can prevent or manage chronic pain and inflammation. Many people suffer from pain and stiffness in their joints, muscles, or nerves due to aging, injury, or disease. Low-intensity movement can help by increasing blood flow, oxygen, and nutrients to the affected areas, and by releasing natural painkillers called endorphins. Low-intensity movement can also reduce inflammation, which is a common cause of many chronic diseases.
I work with so many clients who after starting a few classes regularly have seen their pain decrease dramatically and have been able to return to activities that they could not previously do after making one on one stretch sessions and my virtual classes consistently have eliminated aches and pains which they once thought would be around forever.
A third benefit of low-intensity movement is that it can enhance your creativity and productivity. This is another reason why SWS Method classes improve performance. When you move your body playfully and enjoyably, you stimulate your brain and boost your cognitive functions. This can help you think more clearly, solve problems more effectively, and generate new ideas more easily. Low-intensity movement can also improve your mood and motivation, which can make you more productive and happy.
As you can see, low-intensity movement has many benefits for your physical and mental health. But how can you make it a part of your routine?
Here are some tips:
- Start small and gradually increase the duration and frequency of your low-intensity movement sessions. Aim for at least 150 minutes per week, or 30 minutes daily.
- Choose activities that you enjoy and that suit your preferences, abilities, and goals. You can do low-intensity movement indoors or outdoors, alone or with others, with music or without.
- Listen to your body and adjust the intensity and pace of your movement according to how you feel. You should feel comfortable and relaxed, not exhausted or strained.
- Be consistent and flexible. Try to make low-intensity movement a habit, but don't be too hard on yourself if you miss a day or two. Just get back on track as soon as you can.
Low-intensity movement is a simple and effective way to improve your health, mood, and well-being. It can help you reduce stress and anxiety, prevent or manage chronic pain and inflammation, and enhance your creativity and productivity. So what are you waiting for? Start moving today and enjoy the benefits!
Join the Total Body Reset Program to start a low-intensity movement routine designed to keep you feeling great. Visit www.swatsonsolutions.com today to get started.
I hope this help you on your journey towards feeling great!