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What Moves You?

 

Hi, I’m Agatha Radberger, JOOL Health’s Medical Advisor. At JOOL, when we think about what’s behind the “why” of doing something, there’s the classic: “you should” (the extrinsic voice); and the “I’d like to” (the intrinsic voice). Not surprisingly, that personal voice, truly coming from within, is the most persuasive. Few adults appreciate a voice of authority telling them the what, when, how, and why of doing something. When you’re seeking the kind of motivation needed to consistently get out there and get active, it really helps to have the strongest voice be your own. 

 

So, how do we cultivate that supportive, inner voice? One powerful way is to think back on some of the most memorable physical experiences that were truly joyful.

  • The sense of accomplishment you felt at the end of a long, mountain hike

  • That exhilarating feeling of flying when zooming on your bike down a long, sloping hill

  • Frisbee at dusk

  • Your first plunge into the neighborhood pool

  • Playing tag

  • Building an igloo after shoveling the drive

 

For most of us, our pasts are just loaded with positive feelings about exercise -- we just didn’t call it “exercise.” We called it “play.” 

 

So, let’s decide to reframe the way we think of “exercise” as being "playfully active." And let’s talk about why it’s good for us to do -- and how we can get it done with all the other activities our hectic lives call on us to do. 

 

We all value our health and well-being, though it’s easy to take health for granted until something goes wrong. Keeping everything working smoothly is so important and one of the best ways to do this is through frequent physical exercise -- also known as “play.”

 

And we’re not talking about a whole lot of activity here, either. The national recommendation of thirty minutes of sustained activity, five days a week can do the trick. And what does “sustained activity” actually mean? It varies but, depending on who you are and your physical condition, we could be talking about walking, swimming, biking, running, dancing, rock climbing, tennis -- the list goes on and on. Pretty much anything that gets you moving counts -- just find something you enjoy doing that gets your pulse up.

 

Speaking of your pulse, click on the link on today’s web page to learn which target rate is most appropriate for you. And, as with most health related changes you make, it’s important to consult with your physician before starting something new.

 

One final thought. When it comes to the “why” of getting out there and breaking a sweat, focus on immediate benefits instead of vague, long-term goals. 

 

For example: “I’m going for a walk because I know I’ll feel energized and more confident tonight if I do.” 

 

This works way better than those “...because I need to lose some weight.”

 

We’ll talk more about the topic of immediate benefits next time. That’s it for today. Thanks so much for watching. Make sure to check out the web page -- there’s a lot of good info there, download today’s Cheat Sheet, and commit to the Challenge.

And thanks for watching.

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Clearings

 

Every day, each of us wakes to a barrage of incoming data.

We’re inundated with random information that crowds out original, considered thought.

Perspective and contemplation are routinely sacrificed to the demands of efficiency and schedule. 

Unable to focus on forest or tree, we’re trapped in an information wilderness where what matters, and even what’s true, is obscured by the noise.

Humans are in danger of losing a thread that has sustained us for millennia - our ability to preserve, synthesize and share what we know.

To help prevent this loss, we might do well to take a page from the lives of our ancestors in their own confrontation with a different kind of wilderness.

If they were here today, they would likely advise us to set about two tasks: cultivating open spaces -- and then connecting those spaces together to facilitate fruitful exchange.

By creating spaces, we gain perspective -- the ability to step back and view more of our world at a glance.

At a distance, patterns and trends emerge as we begin to make sense of our surroundings.

Over time, through planning and cultivation, order and understanding begin to take hold and grow.

Creating space in our own daily lives --  whether physical [pause] mental [pause] or temporal -- literally opens us up to new experiences, so that, like cultivated land, we, too, might flourish.

But we are a restless species. We revel in exploration, discovery, and connection.

Opening up pathways from one enclave of knowing to another gets us moving -- stretching mind and body as we map the geography of our understanding.

 

Traversing landscape prioritizes wayfinding, helping us understand not just where we are, but the full range of places we can go.