This is a very quick blog. It’s a public reminder that moving more doesn’t have to involve large costs, fancy shoes, hyper-coloured lycra or extreme feats. We were born to move. It feels good and it’s a way of expressing ourselves. It also just so happens to be one of the most accessible preventative health measures getting around.

“We were born to move”

If the ‘I can’t do that’ thought process is getting in the way of getting started, you just need to remember that no one was good at anything when they first started. Just move. Sedentary lifestyle is quickly becoming one of our biggest killers, and yet it is one of the easily combated with direct action. Today. Right now.

Walking, running, skipping, dancing, Jedi knight fighting, Frisbee, hiking, lifting heavy things, lifting light things, catching up with friends up a mountain, swimming, rowing, kayaking, dragon boating, caving, skating, parking your car at the other end of the car park, pushing, pulling, jumping, kicking, throwing, stretching.

“running, skipping, dancing, Jedi knight fighting…”

If it’s been a while since you have done regular exercise, try something new. Don’t like it? Try something else. There is a feeling you get after doing something you thought you could not do.  The more you do it, the more you search out opportunities to feel it again. This is a sign you have found something you love. It doesn’t have to be hard core. It just has to be enough that you grow that confidence in yourself that you can do it. I don’t believe we are born with this confidence, and I don’t think there are enough opportunities to grow it unless you make a point of seeking it out. But to get going all you need to do is start, the rest will fall into place.

Movement is free. It feels good. What more do you need? Let’s go!

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Harriet Walker
Harriet Walker resides in Canberra ACT and leads a busy working life as Nutritionist and Dietitian, Personal and Trainer and also for the Physical Activity Foundation - [More Kids - More Active - More Often] implementing activity programs and healthy messages throughout ACT Schools. Harriet is also a regular feature writer on numerous topics relating to nutrition, wellness, and fitness.