Healthy Activities Don’t Need to Involve Much Movement

As I’m getting ready to head out to my workshop to set up a new table saw (cue Buddy the Elf’s excitement about Santa coming) and then also finish up another Adirondack chair that I’ve been working on, it reminded me of just how healthy various activities can be, even when they are sedentary in nature.

Now, woodworking isn’t particularly sedentary, at least when building furniture or doing outdoor projects but other activities like sewing, quilting, scrapbooking, painting figurines (my daughter loves this), even playing video games can be “healthy.”

As I’ve talked about before, physical health is tightly tied to every other facet of our health (psychological, social, economic, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual). If we fail to nurture any of those other areas, it’s going to impact our overall health. Yep. Even our physical health.

Don’t ever think that as you continue or get started on your journey toward improving your health, this requires restrictive dieting or high amounts of exercise.

So often, stress reduction, better sleep, relaxing, prioritizing social interactions (a big one that got overlooked during this pandemic), and engaging in enjoyable activities (physically active or even sedentary) can go a long way to improving your overall health.

Yes, our bodies love to move and be active.

Yes, our bodies love when we feed ourselves foods that are packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

Yes, our bodies typically love when we engage in some form of exercise like resistance training (I’ll speak on this another time) and/or cardiovascular training.

However, our bodies also love when we just move them more than we have been.

Our bodies love when we feed them tasty, satisfying foods in amounts that provide the energy we need to function at our best.

Our bodies love when we engage in any activity that brings us joy.