So, I’ve lost 10 pounds in the last two weeks.
Don’t congratulate me; I wasn’t trying.
You see, I’ve been a freelance writer and editor for the past decade and, as such, I juggle several clients and a variety of projects during any given day. Having been at it as long as I have, I’ve learned how to effectively manage my time. I know how to handle responsibility—whether it’s responsibility to my work or my overall well-being (i.e. any activities that enrich my mental, emotional, and physical life unrelated to my work).
However, I’ve taken on a new project and although I LOVE IT, I’ve let it consume most of my waking hours. I’ve become so obsessed with doing this project and doing it well that I’ve…
…forgotten to eat.
You might not believe it (or, maybe you might) but one of the most common answers I get when I ask people why they exercise is…
…”I want to look better naked!”
Setting aside the fact that what “looks better naked” is subjective, as someone who firmly believes that diet and exercise can help improve so much more than just our physical appearance (such as our mental and physical lives), I always want to educate them on the other benefits of regularly working out.
So, while looking better naked is great, below are an additional five benefits of exercising.
I’m running a 5k tomorrow and I’m extremely nervous about it.
Maybe “nervous” isn’t the word. Maybe “anxious” is better.
So, I’m extremely anxious about it.
If it hadn’t been for one of my friends, I probably wouldn’t have made it to a yoga class last week.
Actually, I’m pretty sure I absolutely would not have made it.
It’s not that I didn’t want to go — the class is part of a series I’ve been waiting on for a while and so I really, really wanted to go — but for some reason I just couldn’t do it.
How many of you eat when you’re stressed, anxious, panicky, or depressed?
Now, how many of you exercise when you’re experiencing those same feelings?
I didn’t conduct any formal poll, but I’m willing to bet more of you raised your hands for the first question than the second.
(After all, according to the CDC as of 2010, the percent of Americans 20 years old and older who are overweight, including obese, is 69.2%.)
Basically, more than half of American adults are overweight or outright obese.
Exercise is about more than just getting into those skinny jeans.
Actually, even though our country’s obesity rate is mind blowing, EXERCISE IS ABOUT WAY MORE THAN JUST LOSING WEIGHT.
Getting physical works wonders for your mental health, and here are five reasons you might consider creating a workout regime for your mental health.
Yay, Captain Obvious!
Still, I couldn’t create this list without including the fact that exercise helps alleviate symptoms like those associated with depression and anxiety.
I’m sure you already know this, BUT if you want to read the science behind it, check out Exercise for Stress and Anxiety (Anxiety and Depression Association of America) and Exercise for the Treatment of Depression and Anxiety (National Institute of Health).
I’ve been feeling a lot of stress lately. I mean, a lot.
You might remember reading about my family’s recent health crisis, aaaaaaaaaaaaand how I’ve been treating myself like crap lately.
I admit, I’m still doing some stress eating and I haven’t started running again (which would be awesome, if only I weren’t in a hospital so many hours a day).
However, I have started practicing yoga again. Sort of.
You see, depending on the poses and sequences, you can practice yoga just about anywhere–including a hospital room, hallway, parking lot…
As some of you might know, a close family member of mine was diagnosed with malignant ascites recently.
I’m only mildly embarrassed to admit it, but my physical health has gone to crap since we found out.
(Mildly, because, honestly, my mind has been elsewhere and I don’t actually feel guilty for that.)
I haven’t hit the track, I haven’t practiced yoga (much less gone to a yoga class)–I haven’t even worked out at home. I’ve eaten any ol’ thing I could get my hands on (some of it just because there was no time or other options; some of it because I was stress eating) and to be frank, I can’t remember the last time I had a full glass of water.
The point is, I’m falling apart physically–during a time when it’s especially important to hold it together–and it’s causing me to fall apart mentally.
This post is part of a week-long yoga series at Your Body, Your Mind.
Exercise, mediation, massage therapy – these are all complementary (and, for some folks, solitary) ways to
Halogen TV, which describes itself as “the only television network focused on socially conscious entertainment,” recently presented a piece outlining yoga poses we can use to better manage our anxiety and depression symptoms.
Happy Tuesday, beautiful readers!
We’ve survived Thanksgiving, but with Christmas just a week away and New Year’s just a week after that, it’s safe to say we’re still in the thick of the holiday season.
Which means, for some of us, there are still a lot of stress and anxiety triggers coming our way.
As such, the good people over at the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) are hosting a Twitter chat on using complementary health practices like yoga, meditation, and tai chi to manage stress and anxiety – specifically, the safety and efficacy of these mind and body practices.
During the chat, you’ll get to meet John Glowa, Ph.D., the NCCAM expert who oversees the organization’s behavioral health research portfolio, and Daniel Pine, M.D. from the NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
Hope to see you there!