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  • Writer's pictureAngela Belcher

Moving the Body

The Benefits of Regular Exercise: Moving Your Body for Better Health

People who exercise regularly have “better mental health and emotional wellbeing, and lower rates of mental illness” (Better Health Channel, 2021). They are at lower risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis, and asthma. They have increased energy levels, tend to sleep better, and have better coping abilities and self-esteem. So, how do we get those increased energy levels, better well-being, and lower risk for disease? By moving our bodies! Any exercise is better than no exercise, so even housework and gardening count. Ideally, we should be engaging in some form of movement for at least thirty to sixty minutes each day, five days a week.

The Power of General Body Movements

Although any exercise that fluidly moves the body is beneficial, general body movements are particularly effective for overall health. Simple activities such as walking, stretching, dancing, and even basic household chores can contribute to your physical fitness. These movements help improve balance and flexibility, enhance breath control, and provide relief from pain, stress, and anxiety.

Studies indicate that incorporating regular body movements into your routine can have multiple benefits for overall health. Whether you are at the beginning of your fitness journey or a seasoned athlete, engaging in regular body movement can significantly improve your quality of life.

Incorporating Movement into Daily Life

  1. Walking: Take a brisk walk around your neighborhood or in a local park. Aim for at least 30 minutes a day.

  2. Stretching: Incorporate simple stretching exercises into your routine to improve flexibility and reduce muscle tension.

  3. Dancing: Turn on your favorite music and dance around your living room. It’s a fun way to get your body moving and lift your spirits.

  4. Gardening: Spend time in your garden, planting, weeding, and watering. This activity not only moves your body but also connects you with nature.

  5. Housework: Clean your house with enthusiasm. Vacuuming, mopping, and dusting can all be great ways to stay active.


Regular exercise and general body movements are essential for maintaining good mental and physical health. By incorporating at least thirty to sixty minutes of movement into your daily routine, you can enjoy increased energy levels, better sleep, improved coping abilities, and a lower risk of various diseases. Remember, any movement is better than none, so find activities you enjoy and make them a regular part of your life. Embrace the power of movement and take the first step towards a healthier, happier you.

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