30 Days To A Healthier, More Fitter You Series! (Adding Healthy Body Movement Into Your Weekly/Daily Routine)

dog walker“Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional and mental states.” ~ Carol Welch 

Last month in our nutrition series, we acknowledge that good health starts when you have identified “why” you want to transform your health for the better!

“Why” you want to live longer, “why” you want to feel better and “why” you want to look better. 

Once you have identified your “why” the second step is learning how to live a balanced lifestyle utilizing the four stabilizers of health.” 

In order to create a sense of balance and wholeness, you have to become both nutritionally sound and physically fit. 

Last month we talked about nutrition as being the first stabilizer of health and why eating a healthy, balanced, nutrient rich diet is so critical to our well-being. 

If you are not properly feeding your body with the right kinds of food and you attempt to throw exercise into the mix, you will NOT have the energy to perform well physically. 

As you gain more energy from proper nutrition, you will be able to add healthy body movement (exercise) into your weekly/daily routine.  

You will begin to treat your exercise time as a sacred ritual!  

Once you begin to perceive it in this way, you will begin to honor this practice as a GIFT that you are giving to yourself and your body. 

Your body was created to be active!  It was not designed to stay still.  It needs to MOVE around.  

Exercise is incredible for helping overcome depression and self-confidence issues.  

Exercise also benefits us with proper circulation, assimilation, elimination and stimulates the secretion of mood enhancing endorphins (happy feel-good hormones!) 

As you move your body, you get fitter and stronger, and thus, your mind starts seeing everything, including yourself in a more positive light. 

Tomorrow, we will talk about overcoming barriers to exercise and some of the most common excuses people have for NOT exercising. 

Prayer For Health And Well Being: 

Dear God –solitude

Direct my thinking today to be in the light of health and well-being. 

Inspire my decision to make conscious, healthy food choices and partake in exercise practices that will support and  strengthen my body. 

Guide me through this day so that I walk in alignment with my highest good. 

I give thanks in gratitude for all that is! 


Is exercise currently part of your weekly/daily routine?  I would love to hear back from you!

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Healthy Blessings,

 Gena Livings




  1. Hi Gena,

    Fitness is very much a part of my life. I practice martial arts – I’m a 2nd degree black belt in Muay Thai Kickboxing and I’ve been practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since January. I’m also a certified yoga teacher. That said, I’m also turn 50 at the end of the month. It’s so important for me to pay attention to what I put in my body because some things stick to my butt no matter how much I exercise. Reducing body fat is a never ending battle for me. 🙁

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    • Hi Peggy!

      That’s fantastic!! I love your enthusiasm and your passion for fitness! 🙂 🙂

      I, myself, have never ventured into the martial arts side of fitness (as of yet) but I’m considering it!
      Yoga, power walking and resistance training is more my style but I may change my tune someday. In the meantime, like you, I pay attention to the foods I eat and I always listen to my own body wisdom.

      I always say that body fat isn’t necessarily a bad thing as long as you feel good and are healthy! Some body fat is actually a “Good Thing”
      because people who carry their weight all over their bodies actually have a lower risk of arteriosclerosis than people who are not overweight. In this case, the extra weight has a protective effect. YAY!!!

      Healthy blessings,

  2. Great post! I really need to start trying to live healthier but I feel like being a college student fitness and health gets pushed to the backburner
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    • Hi Ebony,
      I remember my college days being full of many priorities but when you learn to develop the right kind of healthy exercise practices, you are able to fit them into your schedule.
      You really don’t need to join a gym or carve out a bunch of time in order to exercise you just have to dedicate five minutes, four times a day to moving your body and getting your heart rate up. I’ll be talking more on this as we move forward in the series!

      Thank you for reading today’s article and commenting!
      Healthy blessings,
      Gena 🙂

  3. I used to be a fitness fanatic, going to the gym and swimming pool at least 5 times a week for an hour or more each visit. I used to notice a big difference if I didn’t get my exercise in for the day, and my stamina and fitness levels were pretty good. I certainly notice the difference now my regime has changed…looking forward to tomorrow’s post. Bet I can come up with the most reasons, oh sorry, I mean excuses why not to exercise 😀

    • Hi Andrea!

      I definitely feel better after I exercise each day! I’m not into hard core exercising but I do enough each day to get my heart pumping while also keeping my body fit, toned and healthy.

      Once you get into the swing of exercising in a healthy-realistic way, it’s hard to stop because it just feels too good from the inside out!

      I’m glad that you will be following this series!

      Healthy blessings,
      Gena 🙂

  4. I’m not a fan of exercise after i got pregnant and after the son is born he is my “exercise”, have to chase after him and everything. Now that he is 7YO, still no exercise for me 😀
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    • Hi DinoMama,

      I just know that after you complete my series you will see exercise in a different, more fun filled light. As I’ve gone on to explain to many other people, exercise doesn’t have to be anything hard core, the most important thing is finding something you enjoy while getting your heart beat up. I’m sure chasing your son around helps with some of that!! Stay tuned for more healthy fun as we move through this series!

      Healthy blessings,
      Gena 🙂

  5. Exercise used to be part of my daily routine, as I used to swim every day up until having my daughter. Now it doesn’t happen as much and I know I should change that. However, I don’t take the car if I can avoid it. I will get my daughter in the buggy (she’ll be able to walk beside it soon) and walk to the shops with her. We also have a Nintendo Wii so Wii Fit and Zumba are on regularly once the wee one is in bed.

    My husband and I are trying to find a time in our schedules so I can get back to swimming daily but it’s just not working out as much. It sounds like an excuse but there’s only so much I can fit in with my own business, studying, looking after my daughter and looking after the house.
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    • Hi Alexandria!

      There are many different forms/types of exercise and walking with your kids, playing Wii Fit and taking Zumba class are all healthy practices.
      Sometimes we overlook the fact that we are keeping active because we think being active means joining a gym. Well, healthy living is much, much more than that so stay tuned as we explore exercise in many other (different) fun filled ways!

      Healthy blessings,
      Gena 🙂

  6. Your posting really boost up my working out longing. I will try to schedule myself more regularly. Thanks for sharing.
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    • Hi Adelien,

      Making time for a healthy exercise routine is key to living a happy, healthy life!
      You don’t have to partake in any hard core exercise practices in order for it to pay off, you just have to remain consistent.
      We will talk more about this as we go along in this series!

      Healthy blessings,
      Gena 🙂

  7. I’m going to follow your blog as I need some incentive to start exercising again. I spent all last year working up to being able to run for 30 minutes but I’ve found some pretty consistent excuses to fall into bad habits over the summer.
    Hope you’ll inspire me 🙂
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    • Hi Suzanna!

      Thank you for reading my article today and commenting.
      We are going to have lots of fun this month so I’m glad that you will be following this series to a Healthier, More Fitter You!

      We all need a little inspiration and motivation from time to time so stay tuned in!!

      Healthy blessings,
      Gena 🙂

  8. Fitness, as you know, is a BIG part of my life. Always has been. I wouldn’t know what life is like without it. I love the benefits of exercise. Like you said, it is sacred time. It’s a moving meditation.

    I’m looking forward to this series, Gena!
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    • Hi Penny,

      Indeed! I know that fitness is a big part of your life and I love that about you!
      You are definitely on the right path to living a happy, healthy life full of vitality and well-being!

      Healthy blessings,
      Gena 🙂

  9. I love going for power walks! Thanks for the encouragement.
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    • Hi Barbara!

      I love power walks too!! One of my favorite ways to exercise!!
      We are like minded!!

      Healthy blessings,
      Gena 🙂

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