Sometimes You Have To Make Your Own Sunshine…

I don’t know about you, but I start to get a little down when I haven’t seen the sun in a few days. If you live in Minnesota, like I do and it is December, it is bound to happen. Our winter months can get a little long and drawn out. Unfortunately, there are plenty of dreary days this time of year, so sometimes you have to learn to make your own sunshine.

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The other day was a one of those days. I was feeling a little off with another cloudy day.  I went on my usual morning walk, thinking that would help, but the fresh air wasn’t enough to shake my mood. After sitting by my computer for a few hours, I still felt the dreariness outside and knew it was time to do something to change my mood.

I decided to put on some good music and grabbed my hula hoop. I don’t know why, but I just love my hula hoop and I knew a little movement and music would put a different spin on things. Sure enough, after hula hopping for 10 minutes or so, I felt a lot better. I decided a little more exercise would do me good, so I got on my elliptical machine. I could’t believe how much better I felt after 30 minutes. It is amazing how a little exercise can change your mood. Exercising releases endorphin’s in your brain, which make you feel good. In fact, “endorphin’s are chemicals that act a lot like their medically engineered counterpart, morphine. Runners have credited them for their feel-good effects for decades.”¹ Endorphins are released when you push your body to do more.

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Besides exercising, there are plenty of other ways ways you can make your own sunshine, when you are feeling out of sorts.

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Following are a few examples:

  • Go for a walk
  • Go to the gym
  • Crank up some good music
  • Drink a cup of tea
  • Jump rope
  • Go for a run
  • Make some cookies
  • Yoga
  • Hula hoop
  • Treat yourself to a coffee drink
  • Get a massage
  • Do some jumping jacks
  • Go bowling
  • Go to a movie
  • Jump on a trampoline
  • Snow Shoe
  • Cross Country Ski
  • Skating

The important thing is find something that you and enjoy and go do it.

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If you are one of those people that suffers from seasonal effective disorder, you might want to get yourself a sun lamp. Sun lights simulate day light and provide a full spectrum of natural light, which can be very helpful for some people. I purchased a desk lamp from the Sun Box Company about a month ago and would recommend it.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

Source:

¹ @runnersworld. “How to Achieve a Runner’s High.” Runner’s World. N.p., 20 Apr. 2016. Web. 04 Dec. 2016.
http://www.runnersworld.com/running-tips/how-to-achieve-a-runners-high

Jump For Joy!

When it comes to optimal health, most of us know that it is important to eat healthy foods, as they supply our bodies with plenty of nutrients. Exercise however, also plays an important role in the quest for good health, as our bodies were made to move and not be sedentary. Unfortunately, many people today, have a hard time making exercise a priority, as much of their day is spent working and for many people that includes sitting at a desk, which makes it even more important to get out and move about.

We can add exercise to our life by incorporating some sort of activity into our daily routines whether it is walking, biking, running, yoga, weight training, or something else. The point is that we need to be active. While I know that not everyone likes running, going to the gym, etc., there are are plenty of other options.  If you are one of those people that haven’t found an exercise you like to do regularly, you might want to think back to your childhood. What activities did you enjoy? Maybe it is swimming, karate, running around a play ground, or hula hooping.

While I personally love to exercise and have always incorporated a variety of activities into my day, like going to the gym, walking, biking and yoga, I also like to add in some non-traditional activities into my exercise regimen from time to time like… jumping on a trampoline. We never had one growing up, but I bought one when my kids were younger and always enjoyed jumping on it with them.

The other year, when our daughter was staying with us after college and looking for a job, she suggested I buy one again, so we could both get a little fun exercise in outside. I have to admit, it was one of my favorite purchases I’ve made.

I don’t know why it is, but it just makes me smile and laugh.

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Jumping up and down makes you feel so alive, and energized. I just love it!

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Speaking of being energized, I recently watched Tony Robbins: I am Not Your Guru, a documentary about Tony Robbins “Date With Destiny Seminar,” and was happy to see that Tony is also a fan of the trampoline! He apparently gets up in the mornings and jumps on an mini-exercise trampoline to help get some good vibes going for the day. He also jumps on a mini-exercise trampoline behind the stage at his seminars before heading out on the stage to greet everyone. What an awesome way to get pumped up and get that positivity flowing!

I know not everyone has a full size trampoline, but the mini-exercise trampolines are affordable and work well too. In fact, my husband just bought us one for our exercise room. He beat me to it, as I planned to get one for the winter months, so I can jump even when the snow is flying.

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If you are looking for an alternative form of exercise, you might want to give the trampoline a try. I guarantee it will not only give you a boost of energy, but also make you smile, so why not? Go ahead, get some joy on!

Thanks for reading and happy jumping!

Barb