Move to Improve How Movement Can Help Boost Your Life This SummerThe Power of Movement

June is already coming to a close, but as the summer heats up, there’s no better time than now to get outside, and embrace the phrase “get moving!” Whether it’s a brisk walk, a leisurely bike ride, or cold plunge into the Puget Sound, getting moving can do what every doctor or gym ad has ever told you—enhance your cardiovascular health, increase blood flow, and contribute to overall well-being. We know it gets repetitive, but let’s a quick dive into just some of the health benefits of movement and discover how a little bit of activity can lead to a whole lot of good in your life!

Remember Newton’s First Law of Motion? An object in motion stays in motion. So, let’s think of yourself as that object—once you start moving, it’ll get easier to keep it going. Plus, you don’t have to be a physicist to appreciate the benefits of physical activity.

Weight Loss and Medication Efficacy

At our clinic, we have many patients currently or previously on weight loss medications like Ozempic (semaglutide) and Mounjaro (tirzepatide). While we have had tons of success with our patients and their weight loss journeys, sometimes we do have a patient who “stalls out” while on these drugs. So we have “the talk”: One of the easiest ways to enhance the efficacy of these drugs and reduce side effects is to quite literally get moving. These medications are designed to support weight loss but combining them with regular physical activity can amplify results. Wait, so you mean exercise actually helps?! We know, we know, total surprise! But it is worth noting that while on these medications, the simple act of movement helps regulate blood sugar levels, boosts metabolism, and helps promote further fat loss. Even additional “movement” *wink wink* with your partner or significant other can help improve medication function by reducing gastrointestinal side effects often associated with these drugs. It’s like giving your medication a boost with some motion in the ocean.

Increasing Blood Flow

One of the greatest and simplest benefits of physical activity is increased blood flow. When you move, your heart pumps more blood, delivering tons of oxygen and essential nutrients to your muscles and organs. This heightened circulation supports cellular function, promotes healing, and enhances energy levels. Think of it as an upgrade for your body on a first-class trip to health and wellness.

Boosting Cardiovascular Health

Cardiovascular health is essential for a long and happy life. We all know the dangers of cardiovascular disease and the many problems it causes. Thankfully, regular physical activity strengthens the heart muscle, improves blood vessel function, and lowers blood pressure. Activities like walking, jogging, swimming, and cycling are excellent ways to boost cardiovascular health. But we get it—it’s hard to commit to an exercise every day, especially with busy work schedules, family life, social life, etc. It doesn’t have to be intense—even a simple daily walk can make a significant difference. Research shows that just 30 minutes of moderate exercise (a brisk walk) a day can reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and hypertension. So, lace up those kicks and give your heart a reason to beat!

Let’s “Walk” About It

Speaking of walking—as you all likely know, it’s literally the most accessible form of exercise. It’s easy, low-impact, and requires nothing other than your own two feet. A daily walk can be a powerful tool for improving your health. Walking increases blood flow, strengthens the heart, and boosts overall health. It’s also a great way to clear your mind, reduce stress, and connect with nature. Whether you walk in the morning to start your day or in the evening to unwind, the benefits are undeniable. Plus, you now have a certified excuse to step away from your stresses of the day!

Enhancing Overall Health

Beyond cardiovascular benefits, getting moving positively impacts your overall health. Regular physical activity helps maintain a healthy weight, strengthens bones and muscles, and enhances flexibility and balance. It also supports mental health by reducing stress, anxiety, and depression. Physical activity stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural mood elevators, contributing to a sense of well-being and happiness. And who couldn’t use a little extra joy in their day? And trust us, with all of the grey these last several months, we all need a little more!

Acknowledging Challenges and Small Steps

We completely understand that incorporating regular physical activity into your life can be challenging and quite frankly, a stressor to even think about. Many of our patients face obstacles such as chronic pain, mobility issues, or simply a lack of time and/or motivation. And for those of you in the Seattle area, we know that the wet, grey weather can sometimes make it even harder to get up and move, especially during the colder months. However, now that summer is here, it’s important to remember that every small step counts. Small changes can lead to big differences. Park farther from the entrance to your favorite stores, take the stairs instead of the elevator (unless you’re in the Columbia Tower—0/10 do not recommend!), or have walking meetings with your coworkers instead of sitting idly in a stuffy conference room. These little adjustments are small, but they do accumulate over time. We understand that finding time for exercise can seem as elusive as sunshine in Seattle—it’s rare, but when it happens, it’s magical!

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