Happy Days...

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

.... are here again! I'd forgotten how good it felt to be up before the sun to get in a work-out. Ok, so not the actual act of waking up so early, but the sense of extreme accomplishment when the work-out is over. The past few days I've been back in the gym and on my way to the me I want to be!

Not only do completing work-outs and long runs make me feel happier, but they help ease my Fibro. It had been under control for so long and recently has begun flaring up again. For those of you who have also been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, you understand exactly what I mean. For those who haven't: it's an inexplicable pain that often renders you motionless. Though it's symptoms are similar to those of Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis, it doesn't have a cause, and it doesn't have a cure. It just.... is. Fibro has also been strongly linked to depression which is something to which I can absolutely attest.

But with healthy eating habits and regular exercise, flare-ups can be kept under control. That's why I love SparkPeople. It helps motivate me to keep up with the positive habitual activity. But it's not just for people who want to shed pounds or control their Fibro. Exercise and proper eating habits are good to promote general happiness and comfort! How does it work? Lord Loves an "Orphin!":

1. Dynorphins and enkephalins in your spinal cord and peripheral nervous system will dampen pain when released through exercise. This is especially effective on the "slow" pain of gamma nerve fibers compared to other pain-dampening mechanisms.

2. Endorphins in the hypothalamus and other limbic structures stimulates the reward pathways, giving you a sense of euphoria.

So while the grueling "awww do I HAVE to?" moment may seem difficult to over come when faced with the tasks of both getting up early and beginning a strenuous work-out, just remember that afterward you'll be feeling euphoric and (after the burn of the first work-out soreness wears off...) pain free!

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    Love this! How motivating!!!!

    And you are 100% right! The post workout high is great, isn't it?!?!?!
    3064 days ago
    Those wonderful 'Orphins don't get enough publicity emoticon
    If people knew how good those little buggers made you feel, the gyms would be full to capacity and the Parks would be over run with families walking, running, and biking together.
    3064 days ago
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