There is Life in Movement, So Get Moving and Enjoy It!

The title of this post was inspired by an older Dr. Oz Show that aired this morning.

First off, I didn’t know that the Dr. Oz Show in the mornings were reruns. Well, it might be that Dr. Oz was taking a few days off for the Fourth of July holiday and making it a long weekend. Who knows… I don’t watch the show regularly.

But anyway, they had Randy Jackson from American Idol on the show, and he was talking about AI as if it just started, so that was my first clue it was a rerun.

So, what got me inspired about the whole movement thing is that Randy Jackson was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes, a dreaded disease in which there is no cure for, yet one can manage it well with proper diet and exercise. At one point he was 355 lbs and eating everything in sight. He had his stomach stapled and started on a diet and exercise plan to lose the weight, which would dramatically increase his chances of fighting off the disease. And he ended up losing some 145 lbs.

Anyway, Randy doesn’t like the word “exercise” and it’s obvious that the word can have negative implications for people trying to workout and stay in shape, but don’t really like to exercise. For one, people usually think of exercise as work. And secondly, work is something you have to do and not necessarily enjoy.

But Randy brought up a good point. When he was a kid he would play all day long and his mother would have to force him to quit playing so that he could have dinner. I remember those days as a child, myself. We all do. So, Randy pointed out that it should be the “movement” that we are focused on… to just keep moving, and to do something we enjoy! In Randy’s case he said he loves playing tennis and is opening up to yoga.

That was a quite profound epiphany… to think of it as movement and not exercise.

And the more you move, the better, because a sedentary lifestyle will only lead to obesity, chronic illnesses and death. There is more of Life in moving around.

So, that was the lesson I received for today, and just passing it along to share with you.

Just keep moving and enjoy the movement. And think of exercise as movement!

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Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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