You Have to Start Somewhere

From Owner and Principal Jeffrey Spratt, MT

Dr. Nandana Kansra, who instituted Walk with a Doc at St. Vincent's Hospital in Worcester, had this to say about exercise:

"Exercise should be a celebration of what your body can achieve, not a punishment for what you ate."

I was fortunate to meet Dr. Kansra when I led the Harvard Medical School's Updates in Internal Medicine conference attendees in my Rejuvenation Exercise.

Everyone gets all fired up when the calendar goes from December 31st to January 1st setting goals for health and fitness for the New Year. This will be the year I do it people say to themselves and somehow by mid to late February, we've fallen into our routines and our goals fall by the wayside. It's hard to find the time to take care of ourselves. As I so often say to my clients and groups that I've been asked to talk to about self care, self care stinks. There's no two ways about it. We get into a slide of negative momentum as other priorities crowd out our workouts and taking care of ourselves mind, body and soul.

We all have to start somewhere. Sometimes it takes starting over and over and over again until we turn that corner to experience positive momentum where exercise and movement becomes joyful. The first few weeks of getting going is tough. Massage therapy helps the body transition. It helps with soreness and metabolic waste removal especially as you begin. Drinking plenty of water, nutrition, rest all contribute to the wholeness of health. Hydration is a key element. It's one of the simplest thing we can do for general good health. More than half of our bodies composition is made up of water.

Our bodies are designed to be flexible and move.

We are the only "machine" that gets stronger with use. That’s why we have to continue to exercise.

 

If you are going to maintain momentum with exercise, you have to start somewhere AND you have to find an activity or activities that you enjoy. Think outside the box. Put on your favorite playlist and dance like no one is watching. Go to a group fitness class and try different activities. Many cities and towns have adult education offerings and many cities and towns now have walking groups. If exercise is seen as drudgery and a chore, or as Dr. Kansra said, as a punishment for what you ate, your body won't be able to reap the benefits it has to offer.

 

Discover the joy of movement. Start somewhere - anywhere and I guarantee you that once you get past the initial inertia, you'll experience a shift from negative momentum to positive momentum.

 

Remember that we are at your service to partner with you to reclaim your advantage and reclaim your life being the best you can be!

 

To your journey,

~Jeffrey