Monday, March 22, 2010

The Fitness Paradox

"I'm just too tired to workout today!" How many times have you said that and your fitness plans flew out the window in lieu of an hour or two in front of the television or Facebook? I know I've said it countless times over the years.

Since I stared this journey to save my health and improve my fitness I have done tons of reading and research about healthy eating and exercise. Some of that reading has been in health and fitness based women's magazines like Body+Soul, Health, Prevention, Self and the like. There are always interviews with celebrities as well as with women who have changed their lifestyle through healthy eating and exercise. There is always the question asking where their boundless energy comes from. And no matter whom the interview is with, the answer is always EXERCISE!

I've been reading these magazines for years and only just noticed this. Perhaps because I have learned that it is 100%, without a shadow of a doubt, true. Case in point, this past Friday's shift at work my relief called in sick. I wasn't sure when I was getting out of there and was afraid that I would be stuck pulling a double and ruin my plans for the hike up the mountain on Saturday morning. The director of nursing (bless her heart) came in to relieve me but I didn't get home and into bed until almost 1:30am. Now I haven't seen that morning hour is a very long time since putting myself on a fairly strict sleep schedule (rest is one of the most crucial elements of good health) and I knew I was going to feel rough in the morning.

Rob was awake before 8am which in turn woke me up. Ugh! I was so tired and grouchy I didn't know what to do. What I did know was that I did not want to go for a walk. "I'm just too tired to exercise!" But I knew that if I didn't, I would be tired and grouchy all day and my warm, sunny First day of Spring Saturday would be ruined. So I juiced, got myself together and off we went. It wasn't easy going up that bloody hill but as I was doing running sprints down the mountain road with the sunshine warming my face, the endorphins came flooding in. I was in a really good mood for the rest of the day. I pottered around the garden, sat on the deck and caught up on my magazines and I slept so well that night. Just what I wanted.

There is no doubt about it, exercise gives energy, improves mood, decreases stress, enhances sleep and is just plain good for the body. So the next time you find yourself falling into the too-tired trap, gird your loins and get moving. You will be so glad you did.

2 comments:

  1. Oh how true this is. When I don't feel like exercising, it is all the more reason to get out there and do it any way. I ALWAYS feel so much better for it.

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  2. It is so true. You always regret not exercising, but you never regret doing it. :D

    I had Country Organics multigrain cereal for breakfast this morning!

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