All of us know we need to move more
but why is it so hard to do?
In her book The Joy of Movement, author Kelly McGonigal acknowledges that while exercise is health-enhancing and life-extending, many feel it’s a chore.
The most popular New Year’s resolution in 2020 was to exercise more; yet a study from 2016 shows of the 41% of Americans who made New Year’s resolutions, only 9% are successful in keeping them.
So what’s the magic pill?
How do we flip the switch?
It simpler than you think. J.O.Y.
Movement can and should be a source of joy.
It’s not a lack of knowledge that keep us from exercising, so McGonigal’s book doesn’t tell us why we should exercise. Instead, she shows us how to fall in love with movement itself. Through stories backed by science that movement McGonigal shows how movement is connected to basic human joys, like self-expression, social connection, and mastery.
Book Club: The Joy of Movement
Saturday, October 15
11:00AM – 12:30PM
“Through her trademark blend of science and storytelling, McGonigal draws on insights from neuroscience, psychology, anthropology, and evolutionary biology, as well as memoirs, ethnographies, and philosophers… [She] tells the stories of people who have found fulfillment and belonging through running, walking, dancing, swimming, weightlifting, and more, with examples that span the globe, from Tanzania, where one of the last hunter-gatherer tribes on the planet live, to a dance class at Juilliard for people with Parkinson’s disease, to the streets of London, where volunteers combine fitness and community service, to races in the remote wilderness, where athletes push the limits of what a human can endure. Along the way, McGonigal paints a portrait of human nature that highlights our capacity for hope, cooperation, and self-transcendence.
“The result is a revolutionary narrative that goes beyond familiar arguments in favor of exercise, to illustrate why movement is integral to both our happiness and our humanity. Readers will learn what they can do in their own lives and communities to harness the power of movement to create happiness, meaning, and connection.” (blurb copied from GoodReads.com)
Join in the conversation as we discuss this significant book and see how learning to love movement brings with it the power to radically change our lives for the better!