Exercise Regularly. Physical activity produces "feel good chemicals" (endorphins) in the brain which promote satisfaction and well-being. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week.
Amen... nuff said!! But I'll say more anyway.
Lately, I've been on a bit of an exercise push. I tend to go to the gym 3- 4 times a week for 2+ hours a session. Group Power followed by Zumba. KickBoxing followed by Yoga. Boot Camp followed by whatever. And if there isn't a class, I work out on my own, weights, abs, dreadmill, whatever it takes.
I FEEL GOOD. I have more energy. My workouts are starting to produce results, quickly. Right now I'm not losing weight as much as I'm gaining muscle and I'm good with that. I've started to notice a change in the shape of my body and muscles starting to appear where thay've been hiding for years, if not my whole life.
Quick story, a couple of days ago I took an hour long Group Power class at the gym, followed by 45 minute boot camp style work out. One of the two trainers is a young, buff guy. He pulled me aside and asked why I'm always smiling in class. I just looked at him, smiled bigger and said "I'm getting healthy."
Everyone else seems to be groaning and whining and just not doing the exercises. I'm twice the age and more out of shape than most of the people in the class. He says "run the stairs" I shout YOO HOO!! and I'm the first one up.
I'm smiling, because I can. A month ago. I had to stop to catch my breath after running the stairs 3 times. Last night, 7 times, up and down again, and I was running people over. Trust me, I was breathless, but I did it! Several of the exercises that we do, I have to modify for my bad shoulder and knees, but I find a way to make it still challenging, not just easier.
I noticed that some of the instructors are asking me to help out new people in class. I wear that as a badge of honor. I'm NOT the fittest person in there, but I may be the most motivated.
I get out of that session what I put in. The groaners get what they put in, too.
Here's a link to an article from the Mayo Clinic on the benefits of regular exercise.