Saturday, January 18, 2014

My "feel good" prescription

Several weeks ago, just before the start of the New Year, I was feeling... yucky.  I don't know how to explain it.  Lethargy.  Brain fog.  Emotionally flat.  Hard to motivate.  It was difficult to even work up the gumption to prepare supper.

I don't like feeling this way!  That's no way to live!  So I started mulling over some options.  I considered seeking out the services of a psychiatrist—maybe they could just prescribe a pill to make me feel better?  Then I thought about contacting my naturopath... but I knew what she'd say: "Are you following the protocol I designed for you?"  (That includes exercising 5 days a week and eating 5 vegetable servings per day.)  And the answer would be "No."

As I pondered it some more, I started really thinking about the exercise option.  I've always considered exercise solely as a means to lose weight, nothing further.  But exercise holds more benefits than that.  Hadn't I heard about the "feel good" hormones and anti-stress effects?  That would surely be helpful.  I figured I could start walking every day... and that wouldn't even cost any money—unlike drugs or supplements—and it's completely natural.

So I did.  I've been walking 4 to 5 days per week, for 30 to 45 minutes.... and lo and behold, after just under 2 weeks I noticed a change.  I wasn't tired at suppertime.  In fact, I was alert!  I was ON it!  And it felt great!

So, I am here to confirm that what the experts and fitness news articles say is true: you really do gain more energy from moderate exercise!  And I'll tell you what—it makes me feel that much more motivated to get on the treadmill as often as possible!

If you need more energy too, I encourage you to go for it!  Start small.  Try walking for 15 minutes per day.  Work your way up until you're comfortable with 30–45 minutes.  Try not to skip a day if you can help it.  You won't regret it!!

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