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So, You Fell Off the Wagon. Now What?

Friday, January 24th, 2014

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Earlier this week, Psych Central asked Facebook readers about their favorite workouts, and whether they felt working out benefited their mental health.

(Well, I mean, of course it does.)

The response was extremely positive (you guys are AWESOME!). People talked about yoga, aerobics, running — even just getting in a walk around the track when times got busy.

I was like a proud momma.

One theme I noticed, though, was that some of you talked about feeling “guilty” when you “fell off the wagon.”

Listen, I’m here to tell you, sometimes you’re going to fall off the wagon.


Last Minute Shopping? 5 Mind and Body Holiday Gift Ideas

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Greetings last minute holiday shoppers!

Well, I can only assume you’re shopping last minute, if you’re reading this post today :)

Don’t worry, I’ve put a few things off ’til the last minute, too.

(It’s been a rough season, to say the least.)

Fortunately, I’ve had time to come up with this list of mind and body gift ideas for your loved ones…

…or maybe for yourself!

(After all, who says you can’t treat yourself this season, too?)


5 Mental Reasons to Get Physical in 2014

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

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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.

1. Alleviate Mental Illness Symptoms

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).


6 Ways to Channel Anger Into Exercise

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

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You might remember, I’ve been dealing with a lot of anger since my father’s death.

I know it’s part of the five stages, but that doesn’t make it any easier.

What has made it easier is working it out physically.

Before you begin, understand two things:

  1. Understand that you’re angry. You might know exactly why you’re angry (for example, my father’s death), or you might have no clue. Whatever the case, at least recognize your anger; otherwise, you could end up causing more harm (physical and mental) than good.
  2. We often use physical activity as a distraction. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing (often, it’s a GOOD thing), but if you’re feeling especially angry, distraction could lead to injury. Worried about this? Consider taking a buddy or working with a personal trainer.

So, I’ve Been Treating My Body Like Crap. Guess How That’s Working Out?

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

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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.

Maybe Sunday.

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.


From Kelly Clarkson to Kenney Chesney: Your 20 Favorite Workout Songs of 2012!

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Happy Wednesday, lovelies!

A couple of weeks ago I asked you to tell me your favorite workout song of 2012 for a chance to win a pair of custom tangle-free Apple earbuds from Etsy shop owner Holly Bertin of TangleFreeEarbuds.

Well, the drawing winner has been chosen and notified (congratulations, sunshinebabe!) and now I have the top 20 2012 workout songs – a great mix of rock, pop, and even country – sure to get you moving as we walk/run/dance into 2013!


Survey & Drawing! What Were Your Favorite Workout Songs of 2012?

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

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Happy Monday, readers!

It’s December! That glorious month when writers around the blogosphere revel in year-end posts!

“Top This!” “Best That!” “Favorite Blah Blah Blah!”

I love them.

Trust that I’ll try not to overdo it here at Your Body, Your Mind, but there are a few finale blog posts I’d like to explore, and one of them covers your favorite workout songs in 2012.

(Admit it: If you walk, run, lift weights, dance, or do aerobics, you’ve Googled “workout songs,” “workout music,” “running songs,” “aerobic music,” or “exercise music” at some point. I do it all the time.)

Instead of compiling a list of some of my favorite workout music this year, I thought I’d create a list of YOUR favorite tunes to sweat to.

Interested in helping me out? You could win a pair of black and gray custom tangle-free Apple earbuds by TangleFreeEarbuds / Earbuds Anonymous if you do!


How NOT to Die of Boredom On the Treadmill: 8 Lifesaving Strategies

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Yeah, yeah, so I wrote about all the reasons treadmills suck. I remember. It was back when all that 90+ degree summer heat was breaking, the deliciously pleasant autumn air was teasing my skin, and hitting the track didn’t mean melting (or freezing) my face off.

Now, however, it’s cold. It’s like, Frankenstorm cold, okay? So, no one’s passing judgment if you decide to forgo a jog through the park in favor of a spin ’round the ol’ hamster wheel.

Besides, hamster wheels treadmills can bring some of the same benefits as exercising outdoors, right? For example, if you go to a gym, you can still connect with your community and gain confidence.

Yet…there’s no denying that walking or jogging on a treadmill can get unbearably boring, so below are a few ways to help you beat the misery and stay on track, so to speak.


Weekend Challenge: Achieving Ataraxia to Manage Anxiety

Friday, October 5th, 2012

I subscribe to Dictionary.com’s “Word of the Day,” and a few weeks ago the word of the day was “ataraxia.”

English degree aside, I’d never heard the word (at least, that I can remember), but I instantly fell in love with it. It was around the time I started working out outside again (see Your Treadmill SUCKS! 7 Reasons You Should Get Outside), so I knew exactly what ataraxia meant…

…I’d been experiencing it firsthand every morning on the track.


Tips For Exercising With Pets: Your Body, Your Mind Readers Sound Off!

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

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Since I gave up the treadmill for the great outdoors, I’ve realized my dog and I aren’t cut out for jogging together.

Sure, she likes to run and chase balls (or run away from ocean waves!), but she’d rather take her time on the track.

Because she gets plenty of exercise and fresh air each day, we’re both okay with that.

However, whether it’s walking, jogging, or running, lots of people prefer exercising outdoors with their pets.

So, last week I asked Your Body, Your Mind readers to chime in with their advice on exercising with pets. Below are the most helpful tips they offered.


 

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