Exercise and Health – A Matter of Mind and Body

Exercise and Health - A Matter of Mind and Body
Written by Juliet Walmsley

Being healthy is not just about the body but also about the mind. Sure, you have to eat well and exercise, but you should feel good about it. There is no point in trying out one fitness regime after another if your mind is not really set on it. I come from a family with a history of weight problems. Around 8 years ago, I found myself weighing 45-50 pounds in excess of what I weigh today. I no longer fit into my clothes and that is when I decided that the excess weight must go.

I planned out a simple exercise routine that involved walking for 30 minutes each day at lunchtime. I used to walk at a place in Kearny Mesa where there was a big hill to climb. Then I decided to join a gym and sign up with a fitness trainer. He taught me how to use different exercise machines and explained how each machine helps work out different muscles. He even suggested foods that would blend well with my exercise pattern.

Although I had to quit gym within a year due to financial constraints, I learnt several lessons on physical upkeep and well-being. I found that exercise made me feel good. The time I spent working out was also a time to reflect on my life and thoughts. It was time that I had exclusively for myself. This fact contributed to the “feel-good” factor associated with working out. I would recommend exercise for everybody. Even if it means walking for 20 minutes every day, do not hesitate. Go ahead and do it. You will find yourself feeling much better for having taken the initiative.

In addition to exercise

I also opted for healthy eating. I found that planning a healthy well balanced diet could be done creatively since there were so many options- low fat food stuff, varieties of fruits and vegetables, grains and so on. My brother ran the LA Marathon in 2005 and this was a great inspiration for me to get into running. I had never trained for marathons before, but I decided to train for the 2006 Rock-n-Roll Marathon. I started out by reading on how to start running, what to buy, how to choose good running shoes, how to stay safe and adopt methods to run better.

The best part of the Rock-n-Roll Marathon was that my brother actually came down from LA to join me. The marathon proved to be a milestone for me since after that I decided to try out triathlons! Of course triathlons involve much more training and endurance than marathons. You have to train to swim, bike and run. Needless to say, it takes plenty of time and effort, but it is worth it. Nothing compares with the thrill of reaching your goal and the physical fitness you achieve in the process.

So, if you are mulling over starting an exercise regimen, don’t waste time. Go out there and do what ever it is that you love. It may be walking, running, volleyball or simply going for a walk with your dog. As long as you feel good about it, you are sure to enjoy it. Getting good support from your family and friends will go a long way in helping you stay healthy. Above all, exercise because YOU really want to. Don’t let anyone coax you into it. Trust me, you will simply quit after some time.

Believe in yourself and convince yourself that you need to stay healthy and enjoy your family, friends and job. Do not feel guilty if you eat something unhealthy or cannot work out for one day. We all deserve time off from exercising and obsessing about our diet. Just get back into your old pattern the next day and you will feel much better.

About the author

Juliet Walmsley

Juliet is a Michigan University graduate of 2003 and a former lead fashion design manager for Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger. Between writing on her blog, Juliet and Co, she loves shopping, chocolate sprinkles and walking on sunny beaches.

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