Simple... isn't it?

what's the big deal about 'movement'?

Exercise is amazing. It can flood your body with feel-good endorphins. It can work wonders for your mental health. And it can also be difficult, time-consuming and – let’s face it – boring. So how can we get more of the good stuff and less of the bad?

A growing number of health experts are moving the focus from exercise to movement. Why? Well, a growing wedge of evidence suggests ‘moderate’ activities like walking, gardening and even just moving around the house or workplace have a significant health benefits. Small changes towards a more active lifestyle are also easier to maintain. And while brisk or ‘vigourous’ activity is an important part of achieving optimum health, you don’t have to spend big chunks of time in Lycra to have a healthier relationship with your body.

Recognise your movement...

Taking a moment to consider the little elements of physical activity in your day, however gentle or brief, could be a good start to keeping them up. Do you walk the kids to school? Or take the dog out for a twice-daily constitutional? Or hurry to and from meetings at work? These regular habits might seem insignificant, but they’re worth nurturing; they’ll already be contributing to your muscle mass, bone density and cardiovascular health. Next time you’re thinking about taking an easier way out remember how much good they’re doing you.

Go the extra step...

Cars, buses and taxis: great at saving us time and shoe leather, rubbish at keeping us active. If you think the usual recommendations to get off the bus before your stop or park at the far end of the supermarket carpark are just too inconvenient, consider this: it’s never been easier to use nuggets of time wisely. Podcasts are great (and enriching) companions as you stride to your destination. Learn a few phrases in a foreign language. Get to grips with a subject you struggled with at school. And maybe keep track of those extra steps to help you stay on target. 

Sit a bit less...

Celebrating movement is a cheery way of acknowledging the damage done by a sedentary lifestyle. It’s easy to assume this problem only applies to ‘couch potatoes’ but actually our modern lives are likely to involve plenty of sitting – at desks, on sofas, in cars and on trains…Are you reading this from a seated or standing position? Are you mobile or static? Evidence suggests spending too much time on our derrières can speed up biological ageing and increase our likelihood of developing diseases. Getting up to take a quick stroll – even if it’s just to the water cooler to chat about last night’s telly – is a step in the right direction.

Go exploring...

The benefits of exercising outdoors for physical and mental wellbeing are well documented. You don’t need a degree in psychology or sports science to spot that a walk in the natural environment leaves you feeling calmer, fitter and more alert. At Eat Natural we like to make bars that give people energy on the go while also serving up tasty nutrients. In fact our apple, ginger & dark chocolate bar might be a delicious and satisfying snack for hungry hikers but it’s also high in dietary fibre with lots of natural ingredients. Pack a few in your backpack and see where some good fuel can take you.

Enjoy yourself...

‘Exercise is a celebration of what your body can do, not a punishment for what you ate’ says a motivational quote that pops up all over the internet. You don’t have to love rainbow-backed memes to see the wisdom in these words. Our bodies – all bodies – are amazing. Unlocking their brilliant potential can take time and perseverance, but focussing on feeling good is a simple way to keep it up. You might love the adrenaline-rush of wild swimming, or the sensuous nature of latin dance. Could playing golf be a great way to catch up with friends? Will Clubbercise help you relieve your glory days on the dance floor? Explore your options. And keep moving.