Yes, I could be talking cooking, or sex, or cleaning, or eating healthily. And I will do in future articles. But today’s topic is exercise. Is it a love or a chore?
The interesting thing is, however you feel about it, the end result is the same for everyone. Exercise makes you happy. As my 8-year-old daughter puts it, within minutes of refusing to join us, but being cajoled to anyway, ‘I just can’t keep the smile off my face’.
There are a number of reasons for this.
When you exercise at a medium to high level of intensity, your body releases feel-good chemicals such as endorphins, serotonin and dopamine.
Or you might be delighted that you’ve made some time in your day to look after your body.
It could be as simple as being outside, soaking up sunshine, and Vitamin D.
You might also be breathing more deeply, energising your body with fresh air to your cells.
Perhaps the very idea that your body is closer to being fit and active is making you smile.
Even so, whether a love or chore, exercise can still be one of the first things to go when life gets busy. Do you get enough each week?
One of the keys is choosing activities that you love. Think movement, of any kind. Gardening, swimming, yoga, bushwalking, taking the stairs, riding a bike, stretching, gym classes, body weight training, walking the dog, jumping on the trampoline, dancing.
Incorporate it into your life every day. Do 20 squats while you are still in your pyjamas. Park your car 15 minutes walk from your destination. Have your computer remind you to stretch once an hour. Suggest a walk with a friend, rather than coffee and cake. Enrol in a dance class.
Another key to getting enough exercise is making yourself accountable. Commit with a friend. Tell everybody on your facebook page. Stick a chart on the fridge. Gain the support of a health coach.
So, how are you getting your happy endorphins tomorrow?