I often tell my clients that exercise is the best natural anti-depressant I know. How do I know this? Because I experience it in my own life. It has become such a routine for me that if I miss a day, my head and my body know it! A couple of months ago, I was having a “grouchy mom” day and my 10-year-old daughter came to me and said, “have you exercised today mom?” I had to laugh as I looked her in the eyes and said, “no, I haven’t honey, you are so right on!” Out of the mouths of babes…they certainly do teach us, if we listen.
So, when you exercise what do you ENJOY doing? Don’t make it a struggle for yourself. Do you enjoy walking, running, aerobics, hiking, biking, spinning, yoga, dance, kettlebells, swimming, riding your horse, skiing, or a combination of it all? Exercise shouldn’t be painful, it can be challenging at times, but you should include it in your life as something that feels good. After a good walk, dance class or aerobic workout, my mind is clear and my mood improves! If you would rather stay home than go to the gym or go outside (sometimes it is weather permitting, although walks in snow storms are pretty cool!), there are plenty of DVD workouts you can choose from. Here is a list of some of my favorites…
*Yoga; Energy Balance Yoga with Rodney Yee (Gaiam), Power Yoga with Bryan Kest (WB), Iron Yoga with Anthony Carillo (Goodtimes).
*Pilates; Hit the Spot Pilates with Denise Austin (Lions Gate)
*Tae Bo; Fat Blasting Cardio with Billy Blanks (Goodtimes)
*Hip Hop; Hip Hop Abs with Shaun T. (Beachbody)…and my most recent fav!
Happy day everyone, and move da body! Your head will thank you:)