February 12, 2010

The Importance of Exercise




a weight used for exercising


There has been a lot of talk this past week about our children and the overweight problem this nation is facing at such a young age.

The first lady is taking this seriously as she helps to encourage our young people and get them moving.

When we were youngsters, it was just a part of everyday life to spend time outdoors - after school, in the summer and winter alike.

Except for rain, no weather was off limits to spending time in the backyard with a ball or riding a bike up and down the road.

I can remember when the sidewalk was freshly tarred - what a treat that was for the roller skates. Spending hours on that sidewalk was great!

My children were brought up much the same way - time spent outside running and playing was a natural thing - and they looked forward to it year round just as we did.

As it was being discussed on the radio a couple of days ago, they mentioned something that I never even thought about.

Exercise produces endorphins.

Endorphins make you feel good.

When you feel good, depression has no chance to take hold, and an overall feeling of well being keeps everything running smoothly on the inside.

And we all need these good feelings - especially these days.

It is way too easy to get caught in the daily cycle and putting it off until tomorrow.

But those endorphins are waiting for us to kick them in gear - and it doesn't cost a cent, just a few minutes of time.

And feeling good is certainly worth that!


















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