that Jagger didn’t think he could get any. He should be the
most satisfied person on earth. Why? Cause he never stops
moving! Jagger-Unplugged? Overweight? Sedentary? I
don’t think so…
So why is it that WE can’t get out of our
Simple. It’s our programming. Specifically, our brains’
programming. By doing the same thing again and again, we
have not only created the neural path that takes us to our
chairs, but we’ve also deepened it, entrenched it, and
pretty much trapped ourselves there.
Our incredible brain reads this chair-sitting as data about
our environment, and it uses the data to adjust our bodies
accordingly. Since we don't need energy to move, it
slows our metabolism to conserve energy, thus making it
difficult to move!
Next, it conserves our fat stores (survival mode) since
we’ve reported to it that our hunting and gathering only
takes 20 minutes–-no 3 day trek before our feast--so we
don’t need to use up our energy supply searching for
Sure it's tough to carry around an extra 10 or 20 pounds…
But the neural path, the programming, won’t change, no
matter how much weight the body adds. The neural path never
says, “Enough storage!” The information just
Thoughts recycle. Feelings recycle. Non-movement
From not moving, you may even be suffering from a form of
depression. At its core, depression is defined as an
absence of moving toward something.
And moving toward a sofa doesn’t count. We must be moving
toward a goal. An accomplishment. An
One thing science now understands about us, is that the
mind, body and brain all influence one another. Psychology
is biology. So when you feel good when you
exercise–-or move–-(because the brain has released its
feel-good chemical arsenal), you also feel good
about yourself. That’s profound. Feeling good
about yourself cannot be traced to a particular area
or chemical in the brain.
Check this out: You can trick your brain out of its
“hibernation” by using your body. You simply got to Move
If you move your body, your brain will have no
It will create new dendrils, process new imagery, new
smells, new sounds. It will crank up all its dormant
chemicals and send new body signals.
(For example, regular exercise increases dopamine storage
in the brain, as well as triggering specific enzyme
production. Which ones? The dopamine receptors in the
reward center of the brain. Dopamine receptors produce
exactly what we want: satisfaction.)
Regular movement which you do on a schedule is stabalizing.
Our bodies love rhythm. And the rhythm of a schedule brings
Accomplishments create satisfaction.
Feeling satisfied improves self-esteem.
Self-esteem, stability, feeling good: these are the things
we move toward with every step we take.
Every move we make.
Any dance we dance.
So, can we get some satisfaction if we hit the floor like