Exercising and eating well. Yes, something I’m endeavoring to do more consistently this year. One of my challenges with exercising is the physical pain and barriers 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 am doing a better job of eating well, particularly transitioning to eating gluten-free, due to its connection to some of my health challenges. And again, when I eat in a healthy manner, I feel much happier.
We are nearly done with Karl Moore’s Rules of Happiness. Here are rules #1 to #15, for those who haven’t read them all or for anyone who wants to refer back to them:
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.”
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 nearly 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 lbs. or so) and tone up, I really need to add exercise to my life consistently. I think that’s the only sensible answer, in addition to eating well…which would also make me happier!
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?