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Exercise changes your mood....

Friday, November 13, 2015

Exercise not only changes your body, it changes your mind, your attitude and your mood.

I know what you're thinking....exercise...I HAVE to do some every day, don't I? Well, no, you don't, but you should and here's why...

First of all, if you are on this journey, changing the way you deal with food, you want your body to change with you, or you would not be doing this. If you do NOT exercise, you will lose weight, but at a slower rate, and your body will not be getting in shape as you shed those unwanted pounds.

Exercise does way more than tone, though. Exercise shows you how powerful you are. How capable you are of pushing yourself to achieve new goals. Exercise fills your body and mind with endorphins. Endorphins are the body's natural high. Some have compared them to "natural opiates". Endorphins relieve pain, relieve stress, and even enhance pleasure.

Exercise makes you feel good about you. As your body gets stronger and you can do more, lift more weights, swim longer, walk longer distances (or whatever exercise you like to do), the feeling of accomplishment that accompanies your effort can be measured in just how good it makes you feel. Exercise is a feel-good task. If you commit to doing at least 30 minutes of brisk exercise every day, your body will work better, you will feel better and your new health program will go faster.

I do a bunch of exercise every day. I am limited by my bad knees and back, but do chair yoga every morning at home, swim at the gym for 45 minutes every day (I swim half the pool, and walk fast the other half, and do exercise in the pool), I go to three different chair yoga classes during the week, and do chair cardio every night at home. I also have a Fitbit and try hard to get steps in, but don't ever do too much so my knees hurt. Exercise more than anything else, even losing 100 pounds, has been the best thing I have ever done. I know I won't stop, because I LIKE it. I have developed a routine, have my gym bag always packed, a gym outfit ready to wear, and can be out the door heading to the gym in under 10 minutes.

If you are not exercising yet, start. If you are, don't EVER stop. If you have been somewhere and seen a vigorous person in their 80's exercising, you will know why keeping up with your exercise is a critical component to your success here and in life.

Get those endorphins working for you!!

Spark on.
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  • MARTHA324
    Boy! Is that true.
    Thursday I woke to another rainy gloomy day and my mood was pretty dark. Went to the gym and did my walk around the park first. By the time I was done I was feeling GREAT. emoticon

    If we all remember how we feel after we exercise that should get us in the gym or out in the air to walk.
    1987 days ago
    I'm glad -you- have, but I have never felt the endorphin lift so many people report.
    1987 days ago
    I agree about exercise. What chair cardio do you do? I've never heard of that.
    1987 days ago
    I can't help but think of the scene in the movie "Postcards from the Edge" where Annette Bening's character talks about the "endolphin" rush, because she thinks that it is somehow tied to dolphins! That is such a classic movie line, and I still think about it whenever I get a great feeling from exercising. It's all about the endolphins!

    Exercise is an amazing tonic, healing energy, strengthener, and energizer! Now that I've discovered how much I enjoy being physical, I want, no, I NEED, to do it every day! Even 15 minutes in the morning is enough to get the blood flowing and the endorphins moving. It is awesome, and it really does MAKE MY DAY! (That's another movie line for another time.)

    Thanks for a great blog post, yet again. Learning what our bodies are capable of - when we put our minds to it and push our muscles beyond what is easy - is one of the most amazing gifts we can give to ourselves!

    Keep Sparking, Jane!
    1987 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
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    1987 days ago
    I was reading your comment on my latest blog, about how you just got out there and walked, instead of giving yourself a choice. Today was a super long day for me, got stuck working late, I'm tired, been exercising every single day, blah blah blah, decided today was a "rest" day. Then I read your blog, and I'm thinking, "rest" or "excuse"? hmmm..... So I decided that I would feel so much better climbing onto the elliptical and burning off some energy instead of "resting". Thanks for the kick in the butt!
    1987 days ago
    Here here! Totally agree. emoticon
    1987 days ago
    It's amazing just how strong of an effect endorphins can have on our bodies! I had to experience it to understand.
    1987 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12068097
    Hi Ho Hi Ho its off to my bike I go...... I WILL DO THIS.. I WILL DO THIS.. I WILL DO THIS........
    1987 days ago
    yep - even if you are having the worst day, just give it 10 minutes. Most times, you'll keep going. But even if you stop, you got in 10 minutes of exercise!

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    1987 days ago
    I have swam for 150 minutes so far today and am going back for more after work. It is more than exercise though for me. It is my frame of mine and my mental being.
    1987 days ago
    I like to exercise too. I can't wait until I can get back to it!
    1987 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    emoticon Exercise is the best habit you can ever have and it pays tremendous dividends emoticon
    1987 days ago
    emoticon Needed this!
    1987 days ago
    All true!
    1987 days ago
    Thanks! I needed that!
    1987 days ago
    You said it Jane! Exercsise does change the way we feel. After I exercise I feel accomplished,ready to take on my day, happy and full of strength! Yes you ROCK!!!

    Have a great weekend my friend!
    1988 days ago
    emoticon My friend you are rocking it! emoticon
    1988 days ago
    1988 days ago
    I spent most of my life thinking 'I don't do exercise!'. Now I love it too, and hope it will be part of my life forever. I want to be that vigorous person exercising in my 80s.
    And I want you there with me!!
    1988 days ago
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