though it's in my job description to keep fit and exercise daily, (or at least "often"), I don't always get the
chance to get in a workout, take a yoga class, or go for a run when life gets in the way and things become a little more stressful
on the homefront...you know what I mean. With 3 small kids hanging off of me, challenging my every second breath, and
a business to run, my life is all about managing stress, and choosing between Me-time, and Mommy-time. Somehow, there
is never any shortage of Mommy-time. However, that Me-time seems to slide off my list before I even have a chance to
blink. But when I do have it all in control (a-hem, it does happen), and am seemingly attaining the un-attainable ‘balancing
act' of motherhood, my choice for ME usually consists of exercise, girlfriends...therapy, or all of the above combined.
me EXERCISE IS THERAPY...(don't tell my girlfriends, or they'll start charging me for treadmill time). There is nothing
like a good power walk, in the fresh air, with some girls gabbing, to cure even the worst sleep deprivation, or latest husband
take-a-thon. There are more statistically and scientifically proven reasons that exercise is like therapy, than just
the obvious" it's fun to go to a spin class with a friend", though don't knock it till you try it! Aside from
exercise being a release of negative energy, (you know STRESS), and aiding in every woman's quest to a flatter tummy and thinner
thighs, it's mood enhancing qualities are enough to change your spirits from hopeless to empowered...and beyond. At
least that's how it feels to me!
Here are a couple of reason's you can add exercise to your list
of "excusable wellness necessities", along with your masseuse, your chiropractor, your eye doc, your dentist, your
aesthetician and your...therapist, without needing a doctor's note.
1. Exercise increases endorphins.
Endorphins are happy hormones, that can actually improve your mood immediately. It's been proven to cure depression
(including postpartum depression), anxiety, and stress related disorders like IBS, and ulcers.
2. Exercise will help you lose weight and tone your muscles, increasing your strength and endurance
for...all those kids hanging off of you, demanding more Mommy-time. Also increasing your self-esteem and feeling of
empowerment and self-assuredness.
increases brain function, enabling you to focus longer, especially on those extra-long treadmill therapy sessions...
4. Exercise increases your cravings for healthy food and
water. So that you are fueling yourself with high-grade fuel for optimal performance....for said treadmill therapy sessions.
5. Exercise done in groups is a bonding experience.
It motivating to grab a friend, and sweat it all out, while you ‘get it all out'.
6. Exercise has been proven to lower blood pressure, decrease risk of heart disease (which
is higher in women than men, by the way) and increase bone-density, which decreases after each child you have. (Just a few
more scientific reasons to do it)
exercise is therapy because you can do it with a group and have some fun with it, or on your own, in a more meditative state,
both increasing your quality of life.
So if your requirements for a successful therapy session include
your need for validation (self-confidence), your need to vent (doing it with a friend), and your need for clarity (endorphins
and brain chemicals), exercise seems to have all the necessary components...minus the psycho-analysis and well, the couch.
So, who wants a therapy session? I do, I do!!