“Exercise helps you get your mind off your problems and clears your head,” says Thomas Plante, PhD, an associate professor of psychology at Santa Clara University in California. I believe it. When I exercise my mind is free and my head is clear to compartmentalize my problems. Especially when I run, I examine the different areas of my life that may cause stress – work, finances, relationships, family. I come up with effective ways to cope with the stress in these areas.
I try to exercise at least 3 times a week. Lately I have come up short yet I never stop trying. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends for adults 150 minutes (2 ½ hours) of vigorous activity every week and muscle-toning exercises at least two days a week. So between my running, elliptical, push-ups, and dumb bell strength train exercises, I feel I can at least cover the exercise requirements. After all, exercise does boost my mood, helps to manage my weight, and can help me sleep better.
I come out a winner every time because any sort of exercise increases my overall health and my sense of well-being.
Exercise improves my mood
I work up a sweat and release endorphins
It helps to reduce stress
Exercise helps me get my mind off my problems and clears my head.
Be a reflection of what you would like to receive.
I want to receive a healthier mind; therefore, I must mirror healthier actions.
This morning I saw myself running no less than 6 miles. Guess what? I ran farther than 6. I ran 8.81 miles with nikeplusrunning tracking my every step. Running is my therapy. My mind gets uncluttered and my creative juices start to flow as the wind hit my face and the sweat start to pour.
Don’t get it twisted, the first 1 ½ half mile was a beast. My legs felt heavy and I felt awkward. I felt like turning around and going back home. Yet, I did not stop. I did not turn around. I kept going because I have been doing this long enough to know that those feelings were normal and they were going to pass.
I reflected on how I normally feel when I complete my runs. I challenged myself to go one more mile, then one more mile, then another mile. I noticed that my legs started to feel lighter. My balance was right on time. This happened because I followed my basic rules of running: chest and shoulders up, back straight, stomach in, elbows to my sides, arms swung back and forth while I kept my elbows close to my waist. My body was relaxed and my palms were open and facing inward. I imagined my body image to make sure I was following these rules. I looked at my reflection as I passed glass windows to make sure that my body was upright. I landed on the balls of my feet every step.
Oh yes, there is an art to my runs. I don’t play around.
So when it is all said and done, I was a reflection of what I wanted to receive this morning: a healthy complete run.
There’s nothing like building a little bank as you get healthier.
I pay myself $1 each time I exercise. Paying myself motivates me to stay active. My determination to become healthier and persistently push myself to exercise pays off. It inspires me to “Keep it Moving”.
It is beneficial to find various ways to become healthy motivated.
A Healthy Life Motivator
Excuses are a part of life. Yet if we continue to make excuses for not becoming healthier, not thinking more positive, not moving toward living a more productive lifestyle, we will become complacent to do the same things over and over again. We will subconsciously stump our growth.
So today I decided to not let any excuse catch up with me and I just ran. I ran 15.36 miles with 1.16 mile cool down walk. BOOM…leave excuses behind and allow “Life to Ignite Growth”.
I am feeling pretty good with my 5.12 mile run with the nikeplus app. It has been a while since I ran. It was a ‘feel good’ run. My goal was to run no less than 3.5 miles. Once I was close to 5 miles nothing could stop me. I thought healthy thoughts and I finished 5.12 miles.
Let nothing stand in your way to a ‘healthier’ you. Whatever your cardio choice, decide to ‘KeepItMoving’ and stay active.