“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
~World Health Organization, 1948 (Quotes Garden)
So, I mentioned yesterday I’m not back to exercise, but it is on my mind. I’m mentally gearing myself up to get back out there even if right now it feels like I’m not ready to push that far yet.
But I’d like to at least get a few minutes of something going just here in the house. I have my mini-stepper, hand weights, videos. All sorts of things I can use for a quick workout at home.
But I won’t let it become another reason I’m a failure if I don’t do it. Why not? Because it’s okay. It has to be okay if I’m going to make it. The truth is I have bigger fish to fry than the size of my butt. Order of operations says I need to get my head on straight first & be okay mentally before I can work on my body. And I can’t do that if I keep giving myself reasons to hate myself; even if they are just retreads of the same old problem.
But having just read an article on the mental health benefits of exercise, here is an excerpt of a list of reasons why getting back to exercise is important for me:
Why can exercise have antidepressant effects?
– Serotonin levels change with exercise and improve sleep. With better sleep, mood improves.
– Exercise releases endorphins in the body, a chemical in the brain associated with positive mood.
– The break down of muscle tension through exercise can improve sleep and decrease physical pain and discomfort associated with depression.
– Exercise can lead to improvements in self-esteem and feelings of self-worth.
– It can interrupt cycles of negative thoughts and rumination.
Further motivation, here is an article on how just 150 minutes of exercise a week – just 30mins on five days can improve sleeping & productivity: Exercise Can Aid Sleep & Productivity