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Exercise Your Option to Be Happier

By Sandy Schroeder

If you are out there walking, biking or working out every day, you already know how much of a lift exercise can give you. If you are in the hit-or-miss group, like me, exercise happens, but not as much as it should.

When I remind myself of how important exercise really is I look at benefits, such as the ones listed

Exercise accelerates everything - When I walk in the morning, I tend to work all morning and keep going in the afternoon. My energy levels tend to stay up, along with my attitude. Often I will feel like walking with my kids in the evening or taking the dog for a walk too. Exercise just keeps me moving.

Exercise pushes the sleep button - Some nights I toss and turn a lot, but when I bike, walk or do a yoga class during the day I sleep better at night. Try doing 20 to 30 minutes of exercise and see if it helps you rest better too.

Exercise pulls everything together - When you are out there running or walking, your mind and body may get a boost of confidence too. As you strengthen your body, you may motivate yourself too.

Exercise helps us find ourselves - It's easy to feel stronger, more independent and more together when you are toning your body, stimulating your brain, and strengthening your muscles. Some of my best ideas have been hatched while I was out walking through my local park.

Exercise cuts through stress - Some days I feel totally overloaded, but a short walk or an evening yoga session helps me relax and regain calmness. If you are struggling with pressures from family, finances or health, take a few minutes to get outside to exercise and regain your perspective.

Exercise makes us smile - The minute I step outside and head to the park, I can feel the difference. Exercise increases the dopamines, chemicals tied to bliss, in our bodies. Compare how you feel when you exercise, and when you don't.

Exercise sparks more activity - When you start moving with daily workouts or running, you may find you sit less and move more all day.  Many of us sit as many as 12 hours a day, working, watching TV, eating and driving. Weaving in short bursts of activity can make your whole day better.

Exercise fights worry - When you wake up tired and concerned, and dwell on your problems throughout the day, find some ways to stay active. Bike to the park with your kids, do a wilderness hike on the weekend, or try a new yoga or tai chi class. Everything may look better.

Wherever you are with exercise, add a little more and enjoy the boost.

 To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Coppell, Tex,

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