Exercise to Stimulate

"Work out to stimulate, not to annihilate. The world wasn't formed in a day, and neither were we. Set small goals and build upon them." ~ Lee Haney

by Dana Rockwell

This past Saturday was one of the best days I have had in a long time.  I attribute it to exercise.  Exercise stimulates both the mind and body.  According to Psychology Today, exercise has many benefits - physical, mood improvement, and stress reduction.  While I cut down on my squats, I started walking again.  Some extra physical activity and just being outside in the fresh air helps.  Any type of exercise will get your blood flowing and open your mind providing extra strength and energy to deal with anything that comes your way.  You may be thinking, "yeah, sure it can't be that easy" - but it is.  Exercise can change your whole mindset as it "stimulates" your mind. 

If you are having a horrible day (it is Monday) and raining here in North Jersey, feeling sluggish, annoyed, tired, ready to give up on the day - drag yourself to the gym, a park, or a quiet area of your neighborhood and just walk.   It clears your head and stimulates your mind.   Exercise is not a chore, it is something you should enjoy and look forward to.  If you approach it with a negative mindset you will not be successful.  At first some may have to force themselves to walk or perform a physical activity.  It is okay to push yourself in the beginning.  As you continue to exercise you will feel better and want to continue; exercise stimulates the mind and can change lives. 

Read one gentleman's story of how exercise completely changed his life for the better.  He changed many aspects of his life and attributes the momentous change to exercise.  Let's be realistic, change won't happen over night.  However, as the quote reads in the beginning of this post, "set small goals".  Last week, one of my goals was to walk, goal completed.  This week my small goal is to begin a 30-day ab and squat challenge.  What will be your goal? 

As always, best wishes!

~ Dana :) 

References: Grippo, A. (2014, January). Why Exercise Boosts Both Body and Mind.  Psychology Today.   Retrieved June 7, 2014.

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