Free yo’ mind
Are you feeling like it isn’t enough to just light a candle and have a glass of Cabernet? Epsom salt bath just not doing the trick? Join the rest of the world.
Fitness and exercise have come along way since 1938 when Jack Lalanne open one of the nation’s very first gyms in Oakland CA. Doctors warned the public to stay out of his facility as not to elevate their heart rates possibly causing a heart attack.
“I do it as therapy. I do it as something to keep me alive. We all need a little discipline. Exercise is my discipline.” – Jack Lalanne
During exercise, the body emits and releases chemicals known as endorphins. Similar to morphine, they produce a feeling of euphoria, thus giving a “runners high.” I’m gonna go out on a limb here but I bet that’s part of the “therapy” Jack was speaking of.
Hmmm, would I rather sit and stew about my lousy boss which, jobs gone by I have, or go release some endorphins?
Exhaust your options
Recently I read about reasons for how a little stress can be a good motivator. We have a deadline, the pressure is on, and we “get er’ done.” Okay I’ll buy that. It’s a part of life. Having said that, external forces, along with some individuals out there who truly aren’t happy until they’ve made others unhappy, can cause you to feel like that soda can you shake and shake and shake and then when you go and open it……..
Well, you know the rest.
Or bodies can be very reslient. We tend to go and go, and before you know the effects of stress have caught up with us. Fatigue, irritability and we’ve lost our shine. Our mojo.
We need a reset.
For more on stress symptoms go here.
and the rest will follow
Like a well oiled machine our bodies need care and maintenance. Except we are not machines we’re human beings.
Let’s say for now you really do not have time during the week to go to a gym. (Just for now) Let’s talk about the time you do have.
Lunch Break Since you’ve jumped onto the meal prep bandwagon you brought your lunch, eliminating the need to spend half of this precioud time in a line. Spend the other half going for a walk. Clear the air and walk around as if you just arrived in town.
Wave to people.
Stretch You don’t even need to leave the comfort of your own home. While your java juice is percolating do some basic stretches. It works.
Drink more water Stress can lead to dehydration . Up to 60% of the human body is made up of water. No, upping your intake will not make you bloated. Yes, in sounds counterintuitive but drinking more water helps the body to eliminate it, helping flush out toxins. Cutting back forces the body to hold on to what it’s got.
“Selfish isn’t a dirty word. It means we take care of ourselves and then we can give back” – Jillian Micheals
Back to the benefits of regular exercise. 2500 years ago it was Plato himself who said:
“Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save and preserve it”
In a modern world filled with modern conveniences it can seem easy to forget this logic. Add on a few stressors and it’s time for a hard reset. Think for sec about all that social media #fitfam with all that motivational content. Their not being selfish, rather, giving back what they’ve tapped into. Where do you think that’s coming from? I can tell you first hand it isn’t coming from laying on a sofa eating chip and dip. Jack? Jillian? Plato?
How’s this for a lifehack? Make the decision to “save and preserve”
And above all else:
Don’t let anyone steal your shine