Exercise Helps me Get my Mind off my Problems and Clears my Head.

FullSizeRender“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.

Elliptical Run

5.60 Mile Elliptical Run

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.

Keep It Moving

Even when I don’t feel like it I DO. So this morning I didn’t give in to laziness. I gave it all I had and ran 7.02 miles. I kept it moving with a 1.04 mile cool down walk.

Always do SOMETHING instead of nothing.

Keep it Moving

Excuses: Do Not Let Them Catch Up With You

FullSizeRenderExcuses 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”.

 

Fit for a Run

The weather this morning was fit for a good run and I took advantage. I had a great 7.15 mile run. I haven’t run this distance in a while. My distance run was slow and steady. I picked up speed in the last three miles. I was conscious of my form with each step. Breathing in through my nose and out through my mouth. I kept my chest and shoulders up. I made sure my back stayed straight. My elbows I kept to my sides as I swung my arms back and forth. My grip was relaxed and my stomach was held in. I landed each step on the balls of my feet.

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Yes I had a great run today 🙂

Regular cardiovascular exercise is important!

Yes I had a great run today 🙂

Regular cardiovascular exercise is important!

Think, Believe, Become

I THINK I can #run 3.5 #miles with #nikeplus this morning. Now let me BELIEVE so I can BECOME that kind of #runner.think believe become

Ooops…I #ran my goal plus some – 3.77 #miles with #nikeplus.

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Let nothing stop you from getting healthy.

LOVE2Run

nikerunning07042014I 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.

I #love2run.