Energy is vitality. It is expressed in our bodies, in our moods and in the way we relate to others.
We might say someone has “good energy” or “bad energy” for example, or that we are energized by an idea. This all has a physical expression—as scientific studies continue to reveal, the physiology and the mind are intricately connected—some would say inseparable. This is great news. It means that we have the power to influence our health at all levels with our thoughts and actions, and that each influences the other.
The other great news? When it comes to movement, a little bit can go a long way toward your health and vitality. Combine this with intention, and watch your energy lift in just minutes.
In terms of exercise, the standard recommendation is to aim for 30 minutes a day, five days a week (hello BE daily Mind + Body + Spirit classes!). If this seems daunting, try starting small. Choose the stairs over the elevator, for example. Or park at the far end of the parking lot at the grocery store. Take five to fifteen minutes to enjoy an extra walk around your neighborhood or workplace, or try some squats or pushups before jumping into your other responsibilities—it will be time well spent, helping you function more effectively mentally, physically and emotionally.
Ideally, you want to get some cardio, stretching and strength training in each week. The main thing is to do things that you enjoy, both so that you keep moving and because that sense of joy is also gives your immune system a boost. Maybe you like to garden, or dance, or jog or play catch with your kids. Work those things into your week. Or go to the gym and make it your time for you.
The sense of joy touches on what we think is key: Intention. Our thoughts influence our energy instantaneously. Our movement also influences our energy levels and our thoughts. When we move with intention, this has an even more dramatic influence.
Being Energy’s daily Mind + Body + Spirit classes are all about moving with intention. Here is a sample to try (about 35 minutes)—why not give it a go and see how you feel afterward?
Remember that taking the time to move is like putting energy in the bank, and when you move with intention, you add interest to that account that you can draw on to accomplish more in your life.
Consider joining our daily classes—you’ll enjoy:
- 30 minutes of movement each day
- Improved posture, flexibility and focus
- Connection with a vibrant global community
Wishing you a fun, playful time,
Dr. Miles Reid