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runnerHave you ever noticed when you spent a lot of time still, like sitting for long periods, you feel sore all over?

I always find this.  For instance, if I have a project I’m working on and I spent a lot of time at my desk sitting immobile when I finally get up my back hurts, my neck hurts, my knees hurt.  Seems odd in a way doesn’t it? I mean, it’s not like I’m working out.

The reason is our body is a machine that is meant to move.  It’s not meant to be immobile, it’s not meant to be still, it’s meant to be in action.  When we move, our joints get lubricated, our blood circulates and our muscles get stimulated.  That’s what they’re for!

So make sure you’re moving your body every day.

Walking is great, but truthfully, I don’t think it’s enough. Walk, yes, but also do something more, something that challenges your heart and your muscles*. If walking is your thing, do intervals where you walk faster and get your heart rate up, find some stairs to climb, engage your core as you walk, sit on a bench up and down until you feel the work in your leg muscles, walk up a steep hill., challenge yourself! Simple easy walking is not exercise, it’s just life .

(* check with your doctor before starting an exercise program)

So think of your body as a machine that needs daily maintenance in the form of movement and give it what it needs to stay strong and healthy!

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I strongly believe that almost all ailments of age can be prevented with exercise, a healthy diet and a positive outlook on life.  Truly, this the the fountain of youth.

This video does such a great job of illustrating that.

“As long as I’m growing and learning then age doesn’t matter”.

“People start stopping, that’s when they start getting old”.

So worth watching!

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I did some research on how exercise affects our happiness. I found many studies and articles on the topic with scientific data to support that, yes, in fact, exercise makes us feel happier.

As I find with many of these things, I could have told you that! 😉

It’s so interesting to me that we often need a study to tell us what we instinctively know inside.

So instead of quoting this study and that study I ask you to look inside yourself and reflect.

How do you feel when you exercise?

For me, I feel:

  • stronger
  • more focused
  • more confident
  • calmer and energized at the same time
  • and yes, happier!

I also find that I sleep better, I’m in a better mood, I eat better and I have a more positive outlook.

So what are you waiting for?!

Connect with how you feel and how you want to feel.

There’s no downside to exercising.

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I’m not a vegetarian but I found this very interesting:

 

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