Common Questions About Movement & Exercise
What is the difference between movement and exercise?
Movement encompasses a variety of ways we can move our bodies. Exercise is one form of movement. Through the day, if you are able-bodied, you can walk, stand, sit, run, bend, lift, skip, jump, kick, push, pull and more. This wide range of motion should be embraced and used as much as possible through the day. It doesn’t require traditional exercise classes or the gym.
What kind of exercise is right for me?
Exercise is intentional movement with the goal of reconnecting with your body and getting healthier. Your health goals are unique, so your approach to exercise should be customized to what you want to achieve: weight loss, increased circulation, more energy, stress relief, stronger muscles, improved posture, flexibility, or something else.
For example, let’s say your goal is to increase energy while facing chronic stress. Your exercise goals would include aerobic exercise in the morning, HIIT training a couple days per week, weight training every other day, and yoga every evening.
There are a variety of exercises you can do to move toward better health. Check out our blog and other resources for details.
Do I need to invest in special exercise equipment?
Unless you have certain physical differences where walking is not an option, the only exercise “machine” you need is your own body. You do not need to buy any home workout equipment unless you want to. Walking is one of the easiest and impactful ways to move and get healthier. Walking outside while paying attention to your posture and engaging your core abdominal muscles is ideal.
I’ve been exercising regularly, but I‘m not losing weight. What’s going on?
When you perform the same types of movement over and over, your body starts to build up a tolerance for a specific exercise and naturally re-stabilizes its weight maintenance. That’s why it is important to introduce “resistance” training for different muscle groups and change up your exercise routines and challenge levels. Work out different muscles on different days of the week. Try a new form of movement, such as rowing or jump rope.
You can also introduce HIIT exercises: high-intensity interval training. HIIT exercises use the resistance of your own body weight to build muscle. Another positive benefit to HIIT programs is that you can do a more effective workout in less time.