Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Comments to Dreaded Exercise

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I lace up my concrete running shoes and go out for my ten-minute jog that is uphill and against the wind both ways. If I ran any slower I'd be running backwards. I once broke 4:50 in the mile as a senior in high school, but my flashbacks are to my freshman year before I hit my growth spurt when I had to struggle in a world designed for the bigger, the faster, and the stronger.

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  1. You've probably already seen this, but a book titled "Spark" is reviewing the research on aerobic exercise (the kind you describe) on brain function. It is written in a very accessible way and has motivated me to start exercising again. The book is especially motivating for non-Jocks.

    I'm not throwing out my bipolar meds, but I am more likely to do the things I need to do in my day after I've exercised.

    Keep up the good work, John!

  2. Remember me from Suite101?

    I am lucky that I learned to love exercise from early childhood on when my mother did it with us, and maybe I have the personality to want to keep moving. That is why I cannot identify with the title of this article. To me, exercise was never dreaded.

    My chiropractor had a Phys Ed degree before he went into chiropractic, and I once asked him why he never encouraged me to exercise as he did with every other patient. He told me, "With you, I don't have to. I know that you are doing it without encouragement."

    There is nothing to chase away the clouds of depression than getting your blood flowing a lttle faster. My favorite exercises are swimming, aquacising, bicycling, and hiking.

    My son is the same way. He is copying his mom, only he is much better at it.