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Rule of Happiness #16 – Exercise and Eat Well – July 28 Inspiration

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 Exercising and eating well. Yes, something I’m endeavoring to do more consistently this year. One of my challenges with exercising is the physical discomfort and barriers I often experience due to issues such as arthritis and asthma. Yet when I do exercise carefully and consistently, I know I feel better overall, and yes, happier. I have also recently received a diagnosis of diverticulitis and gluten sensitivity, so I am in the midst of transitioning to eating well and better, with higher fiber yet a gluten-free diet, to remedy my health challenges. And again, when I eat in a healthy manner, I feel much happier.

 

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We are nearly done with Karl Moore’s Rules of Happiness. Here’s a reminder again that his book is MUCH more detailed, as I’m only sharing small excerpts of the main ideas from each rule (and the link to his book is NOT an affiliate link).

 

Here are rules #1 to #15, for those who haven’t read them all or for anyone who wants to refer back to them:

Rule #1: Stop Feeling Sorry for Yourself

Rule #2: Be Grateful

Rule #3: Say Yes More

Rule # 4: Follow Your Bliss

Rule #5: Learn to Let Go

Rule #6: Do Random Acts of Kindness

Rule #7: Enjoy Happiness NOW

Rule #8: Invest in Experiences NOT Hoarding Possessions

Rule #9: Appreciate BOTH Sides of the Coin

Rule #10: Be More Social

Rule #11: Love More

Rule #12: Pursue a Dream 

Rule #13: Set Direction with Intention

Rule #14: Enjoy Simple Pleasures

Rule #15: Accept What Is

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Onto Rule #16…

Rule #16–Exercise and Eat Well

Research shows that both exercise and ‘feel good food’ can have a DRAMATIC effect on your happiness levels!

Firstly, moderate exercise at least three times a week can rocket your natural ‘feel good’ chemicals that put a smile on your face.

Secondly, eating the right kind of foods can make you a much happier person. That’s how you can change your happiness levels–just by changing what you put into your mouth.

So make sure that you eat well and exercise–and you will be happy.”  –Karl Moore

If more of us valued food and cheer and song

above hoarded gold,

it would be a merrier world.

–J.R.R. Tolkien

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My Reflections:

This is another challenging one for me, because being overweight has been a lifelong battle. Once I got married and began having children, I unfortunately was not good about exercising to take off that “baby weight,” or to tone the abdominal muscles. Now that I’m 58 (!), I also struggle with the maladies I mentioned in the opening paragraph, all of which make regular exercise difficult.

BUT…in order to lose weight (like 40-50 lbs. or so) and tone up, I really need to establish and implement a consistent exercise routine in my life. I think that’s the only sensible answer, in addition to eating well…which would also make me happier!

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

Are exercise and proper eating a daily part of your lifestyle?

Or do you also struggle with including exercise and eating well in your daily routine?

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My “bliss” is quiltmaking!

              A nursery set including a crib quilt and pillow.

 

 

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9 Comments

  1. peppylady (Dora)

    # 6 is my favor and when I give to others it sure brighten my day or even longer.
    Coffee is on

    29 . Jul . 2016
  2. Maria

    Exercising is a hard task for me. Mostly, I’m glued to my computer chair and the most exercised part of my body would be my fingers!

    I’ll try though. Thanks for the reminder! 🙂

    29 . Jul . 2016
  3. V.J.Maheu

    I know I need to get back to this, and I try, but end up not sticking to it. I wonder if I’ll ever get it right?

    29 . Jul . 2016
  4. Salma

    For me, I love exercising, it’s the eating that’s tough. But all we can do is try our best, for a healthy life

    29 . Jul . 2016
  5. Donnah Morgan

    I Love rule 14 – Simple Pleasures as sometimes we forget them and want it all complicated. Good luck with the change of diet, you will feel so much better – good Rule 16. Dx

    29 . Jul . 2016
  6. Helen Collier

    Thanks for the reminder – I need to focus on eating healthier food again.

    29 . Jul . 2016
  7. Mike Gardner is The Time Doctor

    Whilst I’ve been ill, i have really missed not being able to exercise, am getting back in to it slowly, but it’s a matter of slowly but surely and every step is progress 🙂

    29 . Jul . 2016
  8. Emily

    I’m jumping in on the tail end of this series, but this one is so true! I recently had a baby and for someone who is used to exercising daily, those first weeks without exercising, I could really tell the difference. I was happy for the new baby of course, but I could feel the difference in myself. Now that I’m back to exercising, I fell 100 times better!

    29 . Jul . 2016
  9. Susan Marot

    My health has improved over the last 8 years since we got a Labrador and I walk him at least twice a day. My asthma is a lot better, but I do need to improve the eating side though! Lovely reminder Karen

    30 . Jul . 2016

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