Episode 8: Creative Movement

Hop…skip…jump!

When was the last time you played a game of hopscotch?!

Hokey Pokey! Hoola hooping! What do these things have in common?

They are all creative movement! On this short and sweet episode of The Southern Fried Girlfriends Podcast, Dee and I talk about the idea of making moving your body something seriously fun.

Is there a difference between physical activity, exercise and creative movement? I took a cue from my 4-year old for this episode and Dee and I dive into how we can learn from children to incorporate the “fun factor” into movement that helps us be stronger, more flexible, and stretch our smile muscles! We make the case for including all of these – physical activity, exercise, AND creative movement into your regular movement.

More than just a silly subject, we also talk about the real benefits of using creative movement. Things like helping people with brain diseases reduce symptoms and children be more attentive when learning. And we consider how these benefits might really help everyone because our bodies are meant to move…and sometimes to move a little silly. I hope this episode puts a little spring in your step and makes you think about how you can shake your booty while you brush your teeth, pick up a game of hopscotch at the park, or dance in your pjs while you wait for that morning cup of Joe.

Listen to Episode 8: Creative Movement here or subscribe via iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and more by searching for The Southern Fried Girlfriends Podcast on your podcast app. Swing on over to The Southern Fried Girlfriends Facebook page to chat about this topic, get some other resources, and look out for my Monday Morning Chat Live there too!

Reference & Resource:

Effects of Dance on Gait and Balance in Parkinson’s Disease: A Comparison of Partnered and Nonpartnered Dance Movement http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1545968309353329

Dramatic Play and Creative Movement from Arthur, PBS http://www.pbs.org/parents/arthur/activities/movement.html%3Fcat=movement

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