Recently, I visited my physical therapist for a small recurring back issue and I was telling her that I must move my body and exercise daily in order to feel well.
If I didn’t move my body daily, I would start hurting and feel less than 100%.
She said “Well you know, motion is lotion”! What a great phrase!
What Does Motion is Lotion Mean?
The body is designed to move as movement improves body functions, promoting physical and mental health.
The more you move, the more lubrication moves through your joints.
According to nursechrisp.com,“Maintaining the motion of your joints can improve your strength, mobility and flexibility. Regularly moving your joints will result in decreased pain”.
Many times sitting still is worse for your body than activity.
Activities that keep you stretching and moving are important for maintaining flexibility and strength.
It’s kind of like keeping your joints oiled.
The Fitbit activity tracker is a good motivator to keep you moving.
If you don’t already know, “Fitbit is a physical activity tracker designed to help you become more active, eat a more well-rounded diet, sleep better and ultimately, turn you into a healthier human being“ according to How Stuff Works.
Personally, I’m obsessed with counting steps and I’ve found that walking is one of the best ways to accumulate steps!
Whether it’s walking on the treadmill or taking a nice walk outside with the dogs, did you know that there are many benefits from walking?
Here are a few:
- A Calmer Mind
- Back Pain Relief
- Sturdier Bones and Joints
- Toned Muscles
- Improved Digestion
- Benefits For the Pancreas
- Increased Lung Volume
- Prevention of Heart Disease
- Improved Eyesight
- Brain Boosting Effect
Check out the video below for more details!
When you walk, your brain produces endorphins, which are mood-boosting!
It’s good for your body to move every day and to participate in some kind of exercise whether it’s walking, using a piece of cardio equipment or lifting weights.
Here are some other ideas for activities and movement:
Be creative! There are always ways to move your body!
Remember…before you start any type of activity or exercise program, it’s best to schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider and /or physical therapist for a full evaluation.
What do you do to keep your body moving?
Please leave a comment!
Here’s where you can get a Fitbit of your very own.