In this lesson you will discover that you have millions of tiny nerves distributed throughout your body called proprioceptors. These proprioceptors send messages to your Leader (your thinking brain) to tell it where your body parts are in space and how they are moving. On the way to the Leader the signals from these proprioceptors pass through your Limbo and so how you position your body and how you move influences how you feel. The takeaway message is that “motion creates emotion”! Studies have shown that moving your body for just 10 minutes is enough to lift your mood, so “move dynamically”.



L.E.T.S. do it by following the 4 steps!





Here are some more fun resources relating to this lesson:

Watching someone else move dynamically can even give you a lift! Check out what this kid does when the cameras pan on him while he is waiting for the game to start and see if it doesn’t make you smile!

Here is a more comprehensive demonstration of a resistance exercise session and stretching session (with the help of my lovely assistants Heather and Tish!). These videos were developed for the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) which is a premier Lifestyle Medicine program that I am a presenter in.


One of the best ways to learn is to do. Let me show you how to put the learnings from this lesson into practice. Watch the video or read about it below!


Any positive steps you make are steps in the right direction. But if you really want to challenge yourself…

#1.  Each day this week “step it up” by endeavouring to take 10,000 steps each day or be active for 30 minutes or more each day (you can break those 30 minutes up into 10 minute chunks!). Also, take a break from prolonged bottom-dwelling (ie. sitting)!

#2.  Once this week “lift it” by trying a resistance exercise session. You proprioceptors will send uplifting messages to your Limbo!


What’s the Big Idea? Imagine you are in an elevator and you have 30 seconds to explain to someone the Big Idea of this session. What would you say?

How did the challenges go? Did they give you a lift? What worked well and what could be even better next time?


Here are 3 ways to share your Lift Project adventure: Talk, Tell, Tag

#1.  Talk about this lesson with others who are also doing The Lift Project, either face-to-face or online, to chat about what you learnt this lesson that is new and helpful to you and how you went with the challenges.

#2.  Tell someone who is not doing The Lift Project something you learnt this lesson that could give them a lift.

#3.  Tag on Instagram your experience of this lesson’s challenges (such as your favourite ways to “step it up” or “lift it”). Use the following hashtags: #motioncreatesemotion; #theliftproject.