By Getting Moving, we are talking about how to improve your life looking through the lens of endorphins. Endorphins trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine. For example, the feeling that follows a workout or a run is often described as "euphoric" or a "runner's high." The result in a positive and energizing outlook on life.
Many studies show that people who exercise regularly benefit with a positive boost in mood and lower rates of depression. Pick a sport, a class, or an exercise regime that works for your body and then engage in it as often as possible. Medical science encourages us to exercise at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. So, how do you currently measure up to and what do you plan to do to improve?
Improved self-esteem is a key psychological benefit of regular physical activity. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals, endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. You feel stronger, happier, and you begin to experience an improvement in your quality of life.
Hand-in-hand with beginning to move is to make friends with your body. This doesn't mean to use your body to make friends, rather become a friend to your own body. Instead of hating and punishing your body, try loving it; try listening to it. When something aches or you feel a pain, that is your body reacting to something you have done. Not only can this create physical pain but it also can produce emotional pain.
Start by treating your body in a friendly manner. Try feeding it, exercising it, resting it, and nurturing it in a way that makes you feel at home inside of it. Two critically important things to start immediately are to improve your diet and get plenty of rest. Eliminating junk food and soda from your diet improves your quality of health and life. Start by substituting fruits and raw vegetables for those fries. Make sure you reduce your sodium intake. A good rule of thumb is to compare the amount of sodium to calories in what you eat. Ideally, these should be the same or less; sodium to calories. When you read the nutrition label, you are going to be surprised as to the amount of sodium that is found in "healthy" options.
Get plenty of rest. It doesn't matter if you are an early riser or a night owl, the key is the proper amount of rest. Some entrepreneurs believe you must get up early and start working immediately. That is a great routine if your body clock is in sync with that. Never should we forfeit a good night's sleep to challenge our ability to achieve more. A strong, healthy sleep is like a solid foundation on which a home is built. You've got to have it!
So, get moving with plenty of rest and treat your body as the best friend it is.
And, throughout your day remind yourself this is “My Moment to Succeed.”
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