Lisa Whiteman | Feb 7, 2020 | 0
BEing Blog 19 – BE Prepared for Action – Episode 2
Serious situations call for serious action. We can’t afford to leave anything to chance. When an emergency demands our full attention and focus the biological impact this has on us is huge! To survive and even thrive under these pressure cooker situations requires a high level of self-awareness and a few well practised systems (habits) to get us through. If we use these systems every day, when things are chugging along at the usual pace of hectic, then when we need to up the ante, the skills are there and can be implemented without disrupting the flow of the situation at hand.
Over my next few blogs I am going to chat about my four cornerstone, ‘Be Prepared for Action’ strategies.
Movement is number two in the series.
Apart from the obvious physical wellness and wellbeing benefits, movement also delivers increased blood flow to major muscle groups and to the brain, which promotes alertness, creativity, and problem solving.
Research has shown that walking produced twice as many creative responses (i.e. novel and useful ideas) compared to a person sitting. They also found that the results remained once seated. What was also interesting is that it didn’t matter if the person was walking indoors on a treadmill facing a blank wall or outside – the results were the same.
In the work environment, walking meetings have been shown to increase creative output by 60%, so trade the board room for the park and high performance will soar!
n top of movement enhancing creativity and productivity the other health benefits are clear. Health psychologist Dr. Kelly McGonigal and others confirm that ‘people who are regularly active have a stronger sense of purpose, experience more gratitude, love and hope, feel more connected to their communities, and are less likely to suffer from loneliness or depression. Scientists are now calling the hormones that muscles secrete into our bloodstream during exercise “hope molecules” for their power in increasing stress resilience.’ In the Broken Brain Podcast, The Science of Movement: How to Use Exercise to Defeat Depression, Anxiety, and Loneliness, Dr. Kelly McGonigal talks about the importance of movement and why we should expand our view of exercise into a new appreciation of physical activity as a whole. Click here to listen to it.
Movement is essential to life, it is wired into our biology and a crucial part of our evolution. In our ‘Book of the Week’ book, Perfect Motion- how walking makes us wiser, Jono Lineen explores ‘why walking has made us creative, helped us to learn, constructed our perception of time, strengthened our resilience and provided a way of making sense of our life’. The book beautifully entwines stories of life with the science of evolution. A joy to read and can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Motion-walking-makes-wiser-ebook/dp/B07QX1XZ17
This is such a huge topic that I will return to many more times in future writings. In the meantime, get moving! 😊