Exercise Your Right to Exercise

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March 17, 2008

Is your health defined solely by what you eat? Before you answer that, I’m talking about physical and mental health. I don’t think the majority of people would say yes to this question, but there are some who become so focused on the food they consume (or don’t consume) that they forget how crucial exercising is. So, for those people, consider this:

Exercise can lift your mood, boost your energy, make you look and sleep better, and feel stronger. It can in fact, cure the injuries that you use as an excuse not to exercise.  

So, exercise you right to exercise. Make the time and consider it your time. Mix up your workouts if you’re easily bored. If you’re focused on just one activity, you’ll be achieving more than one goal. Problems can be worked out in your head while your body works. Space can be created. Self-confidence can be gained (not to mention vitamin D if you’re in the sun).

Once you’ve started a regular regimen, you’ll notice that those stairs you climb every day become almost effortless. Picking up your child, grandchild, or pet is done with ease. Even something as basic as getting in and out of a chair may change: you no longer need to grab something to help you. Do it for yourself, you’ll be glad you did.

—Gabrielle Harradine, Assistant Editor  

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