Feeling Good Is Contagious: Work Out With Heart

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Feeling Good Is Contagious: Work Out With Heart

After a workout, who hasn’t said, “Why don’t I do this more often?” The body was designed to move, and when you awaken it and get those feel-good chemicals coursing through your veins, your body wants more. Because feeling good begets you wanting to feel even better.

I’ve known this for years, especially having played sports all my life, and that’s why I won’t sacrifice getting in a workout, no matter how light and fast it has to be, each and every day. I just don’t feel the same without it – and I mean that literally. Just as feeling good begets wanting to feel better, getting fit only spurs the body and mind to desire a greater level of fitness. Today, I put my body to work and I feel great. Tomorrow I’ll do the same. And you can bet on the day after that, too.

And it’s not just about the physical rewards either. Remaining active is an incredibly effective way to let the day – and the challenges it may hold for you – just roll off your shoulders. Getting your heart rate up for just 30 minutes a day or taking your 10,000 steps is an excellent place to start. Go for a walk in the park or the mall, take the stairs wherever you go, attend a community yoga class, set up a tennis match – the options are endless and never as complicated or expensive as you may think.

Multiply the feel-good effects by sharing the experience. You’ve heard me say it a million times – find a partner, appreciate the sense of accountability you’ll be bringing to each other. Misery may love whatever company it can get, but happiness prefers time well spent.

I challenge you to feel better every day. Make those around you envy you so much that they’ll join you. Let the ideas and actions spread and grow. When the rewards are guaranteed, why not?

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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