Exercise is a Celebration

Cycling with family in Germany last year

Exercise is a celebration of what your body can do, not a punishment for what you eat.

The other day that quote was on the white board at the gym where I work out.  It is so true.  I have been following the blog of Dr. Yoni Freedhoff for several years now.  He makes it clear in blog posts like this one   and this one that exercise does not make you lose weight, only good food choices can do that. But as Dr. Freedhoff likes to emphasize exercise is the single best thing you can do to have a healthy body. 

Golfing with family in Leamington, Ontario

Exercise can help you sleep better, make you less anxious and more positive, improve the appearance of your skin, strengthen the density of your bones so you are less likely to break them, give you more energy, enhance brain function and memory, reduce chronic pain and boost your sex drive. 

Wilderness hiking with my students in Hong Kong.

For much of my life I did look at exercise as a punishment for what I ate and I have to say that learning from Dr. Freedhoff that food and exercise aren’t connected actually has made me enjoy exercise a whole lot more.  

Exercise is a celebration of what your body can do. 

Other posts…….

Food Rules

Sitting is the New Smoking

Healthy Environments- Not Arenas and Gyms

 

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3 responses to “Exercise is a Celebration

  1. Reblogged this on A Flexitarian Journey and commented:
    What a great post by my friend, MaryLou, about the mindset for exercise. I just had to share it with you all. The opening quote says it all!

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  2. Maybe the best exercise happens when you’re not focused on it …

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