Move Your Body 2

Fitness is Good for Life.

We all know many reasons why we should exercise: strengthening the heart, lungs, bones, joints and muscles. Improving our stamina and immune system. Raising our self-esteem. Maintaining a healthy weight.

But we can all relate to the reasons why we don’t exercise. We’re over-scheduled, over-stressed, overwhelmed or under the weather. And, exercise is one more annoying thing we have to put energy, time and money into.

What’s really needed is a change of perspective. First of all, it is not selfish to take good care of yourself. It is, in fact, selfless to feel good, be strong, healthy, calm and flexible. You’ll be happier, more productive and energized when being of service to others. Your boss and customers demand it. Your kids require it. Your aging parents depend on it. Your communities will benefit from it.

I’ve always enjoyed working out and training. But being healthy became so much more important when I became a mother. I knew I needed to exercise for my long-term health and stamina to handle life as a mother, wife and professional.

There are many ways to increase your daily activity level without compromising your limited resources, including time. Now that it’s spring, take a walk or ride a bike. Do a simple strength routine at home (you don’t need any equipment); follow along to a brief, gentle yoga video. Get up from your desk more often to stretch and move your body and clear your mind. There are even exercises you can do while sitting at work. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.

Being physically active is a proactive way to prevent many medical issues: orthopedic, neurological, autonomic, gastrointestinal, metabolic, pathological, gynecological, respiratory, cardiovascular and even cancer.

And if you’re a person of faith or spiritual in any way, consider this: How can we honor God and show gratitude to Him for the amazingly complex and miraculous physical body that He’s given us?  Move it and respect it. Explore all the ways you can strengthen, stretch, balance, mold, wiggle, shimmy and shake your body. You have endless options for exercising. Talk to your friends, go to your local community center or gym. Visit a dance, Pilates or yoga studio. Take a trip to a park. And don’t be embarrassed to be a beginner. Everyone starts somewhere.

Emma Cribb has been a fitness professional for 17 years. She is a personal trainer, yoga instructor and cycling coach. She is the director at Takes 2 Fitness and the head coach/team director for Team WE (Women’s Edge). She works with clients of all ages, and fitness levels. She is also a performance trainer and fitness instructor at Harding Academy in Nashville. Coach Cribb holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Columbia University, as well as a Master’s in Business Administration. For more information visit