What Are You Doing Today?

One of the many reasons  I love being Greek is because so many useful philosophies and words hail from Hellenisim. 


The meaning from the early 17th century Greek word conveys “movement.”  From a scientific & biological position, in order for somebody to thrive physically and mentally, he/she must live actively; moving regularly.

be meddler.com is a helpful website to help explain why you must MOVE : 


The body contributes far more to our lives than just physical attributes such as strength and endurance – it plays a major role in emotions, learning and relationships. The body is intimately involved in all our thought processes, understanding, emotions and decision making. The mind and body are inseparable, from our endocrine system to the “brain in our gut” – the body is your brain! 

Most people need a more comfortable experience, but too often we have extremes of inactivity and lack of exertion or inappropriate intensity that sends the stressed organism over the edge.  The key is to learn your soft spot.  There is exercise, and there is movement. The point is not to continually smash out reps and kill yourself, which will discourage you and leave you with an unrealistic lifestyle, but instead it’s beneficial & important to engage in the types of excercise/movement you enjoy! 


“Exercise is Optional, Movement is Essential.”  What is the difference? Exercise is a modern invention, an obligation or chore designed to give us a way out, a get out of jail free card that lets us believe three weekly trips to the gym lets us off the hook with our bodies. It is pain, rather than pleasure driven. It is generally focused on specificity and lacking in real skill development. Most exercise regimes use machines and isolated exercises that are not practical and are limited.  It’s wise to think about incorporating excercise doing the proper functional training to achieve a tone & strong body, but living with movement is a mandatory lifestyle, which will keep you lean & healthy. Movement is easy, for example: take the stairs vs escalator or elevator any chance you are given, walk every morning or night, plan active vacations, do things outside instead of inside, when you can stand -do that instead of sitting, swim, start a hobby that entails moving, go hiking, walk instead of cabbing it, play games in the lawn or begin engaging in outdoor lawn or garden work, begin the art of cooking which is a fun and an active process, cycle instead of driving or cycle leisurely on a weekend basis, golf, dance, go bowling, sign up for a race to keep you moving & accountable for months.  JUST ENJOY YOUR MOVEMENT & DO IT EVERYDAY.  

REMEMBER: The body will become better at whatever you do, or don’t do. You don’t move? The body will make you better at NOT moving. If you move, your body will allow more movement.      — Ido Portal

Movement is something entirely different. Movement is ancient. Movement was here first, IT’S BEEN AROUND FOR THE PAST 2.5 MILLION YEARS. Hunting and gathering, dancing round the fire, walking, climbing, running, jumping, crawling, lifting, swimming & fighting.  These are all movements the human body is designed for. A lot of public health research now points towards needing more movement in our lives, as opposed to exercise to remain healthy. For example, no amount of exercise will undo the pathology that is sitting and remaining sedentary. And conversely, you could go your whole life without ever doing exercise but instead move as part of your everyday life and remain healthy. Why do you think that villagers in other countries who walk everywhere are in such good health?  They eat- they move, they work – they move, anything they do is followed by movement.  Ahhh HA!  Walking is a magical remedy to your day! 

More and more people are understanding and embracing the fact that we need more than exercise for aesthetic reasons alone, we even need more than so called “functional training”. WE NEED MORE MOVEMENT!



Carpe Kefi!

Kiki is a master interviewer with 25 years broadcasting on Kansas City and Chicago radio. She was a prevalent force at WMAQ & WBBM radio where she was the first female airborne news/traffic reporter in the "Windy City". Kiki’s voiceover work has garnered her Omni awards for Evian water and Coca-Cola commercials. These days Kiki enjoys energizing audiences on stage during motivational speaking engagements, and through writing. Her highly regarded “Kefi-That Life Force” column, was published previously in The Greek Star. She’s currently working on her first non-fiction book. [ View all posts ]