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6 strategies to improve your accountability

Posted by | Posted in Mental Health | Posted on Friday, April 17, 2009

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Life can be crazy.  Sometimes, things that are necessary, but we don’t like to do, get pushed to the back burner, and one of those that’s common for most people is exercise.  You know the benefits of it, and maybe you even want to exercise, but when faced with the choice between sweating it out for 30 minutes to an hour vs. hanging out with friends, reality is that many will choose friends.

Why are we accountable to keeping appointments with friends but not ourselves?  I think some of it has to do with the fact that if we say no to a friend, we fear we may come across as a non-committed friend.  If we say no to ourselves, no one knows but us, so what’s the big deal?  Right?  Well, obviously, it is a big deal to never exercise, but it’s very easy to justify skipping out on it since no one has to know whether you workout at home, in a gym, or at work.  Do you exercise?  Do I exercise?  See, now I got you thinking.  Don’t worry, I do exercise, but that’s my point.  Exercise doesn’t have to be a public event for you and because of that, the only one you’re accountable to is yourself.

How do we change that?

Well, for starters, hiring a trainer is a great way to stay accountable.  If you do that, now you’ve taken the accountability and shifted it from inside yourself to someone else.  Now, you’re accountable to another person … and none of us like to let someone else down.  Ourselves … it’s easy to let ourselves down, but we never dare do it to someone else.  Do you agree?  A trainer can be seen as a coach.  What does a coach do.  A coach makes sure you show up to practice.  A coach pushes you more than you will push yourself.  A coach gives you feedback to make you better.  A coach is necessary for anything if you want to excel at it.  A better business, a star in sports, an amazing performer in the arts, everyone needs a coach to be the best they can be at what they’re striving for.

What if you can’t afford a trainer?  How about a workout buddy?  You want to choose a workout buddy that shares your passion/seriousness for exercise and better health.  If you try and workout with someone because they’re your close friend but could care less about their health, then that most likely is going to bomb for you.  A workout partner who is committed will help you stay accountable to getting out of bed in the morning and meeting for exercise.  You’ll be able to feed off of each other’s energy and stay motivated to get fit.

Journaling is another way to stay accountable.  Studies show that those who journal their fitness progress are more likely to stick with it.  Writing down what you did for the day and how it went creates a sense of accountability to a piece of paper.  So journaling, not a bad idea if you don’t have any friends.

Another one that has worked for my clients is the old picture or old piece of clothing.  For those that are visual learners, having that old photo of what you used to look like next to your computer can really inspire you to make a change.  Or hanging the old pair of pants or dress next to the bedroom door can motivate you to try and fit back into them.  These things can be seen as your trophy.  Your reward for finishing the competition that’s going on inside your head doesn’t have to be a gold-plated trophy.  It can be a pair of pants or looking like an old photo.

Checklists are another great tool.  Plan out what you want to do for the week.  Maybe you’re plan is to workout 3 days per week, eat five meals everyday, drink 10 glasses of water per day, and stretch 3 times per week.  Write all that out for everyday you plan to accomplish it.  Once the day is over, check off everything you did.  At the end of the week, tally the checkmarks and see if you hit your goals.  If not, start again the next week and shoot for more realistic goals that will push you to succeed and achieve.

Something that works for me is registering for a race.  If I’m registered to run a marathon, now I’m really accountable to training because if I don’t, I’m going to have the worst race of my life as I struggle to make it 26.2 miles without being in shape.  It doesn’t have to be a marathon.  If you enjoy running, maybe it’s a 5K.  If you don’t enjoy running, maybe it’s a Biggest Loser-type competition at work.  Entering some sort of contest is a great way to keep you consistent because the inevitable day of competition/”moment of truth” is looming around the corner, and if you’re not ready for it, it’s going to come up and bite you.

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Are you part of the 8 percent?

Posted by | Posted in Mental Health | Posted on Thursday, December 11, 2008

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In Stephen M. R. Covey's book, The Speed of Trust, he says research shows that even though half of Americans make New Year's resolutions, only 8 percent actually see them through to the end.  The other 92 percent quit on themselves!  Ninety-two percent; that's insane!  If you take a family of five, along with another family of five, and another family of five, and another family of five, and for kicks, one more family of five, and you line them up, 23 out of the 25 five family members standing in that line will give up on their New Year's resolutions.  Twenty-three of those twenty-five will be labeled "QUITTERS".  How does that make you feel?  I know how it makes me feel; it makes me feel saddened that many people in this country don't have the fortitude to finish something they started.  Where's the determination people!

Even though not every New Year's resolution is a fitness resolutions, I'm willing to bet that a lot of them are, so if you're about ready to set a fitness New Year's resolution, what I want to do for you is help prepare you for achieving it by being brutally honest with you.  Sure, achieving a fitness goal is extremely rewarding and can work wonders on your body, everybody knows that, so I don't want to talk about the positive side to exercise and better eating habits.  No, I want to talk about the negative side to it.  You know, compare red checkers to black checkers, the good with the bad because if you're not mentally prepared for the challenges you'll face after starting your journey toward achieving your New Year's resolution, there's no point to starting.  Some people would argue with me and say, "Yeah Dan, but something is better than nothing."  I don't agree with that.  If you go through life never finishing what you start, how do you think that affects your mind?  If you're always starting an exercise program, but never sticking with it long enough to see results, what kind of effect is that going to have on your self-esteem?  I think if you're constantly yo-yoing with your weight, or starting and stopping your workout plans, you're training your mind not to believe you're a reliable person.  Your mind will expect you to fail again because you've failed every other time you've set a fitness goal.  

Mind: "If you can't achieve your fitness goals, do you really expect to achieve at other things in life?"

Always giving up on yourself takes it's toll and eventually will catch up with you; if your friend was consistently late for the times you would meet up, would you continue to show up on time?  Nope.  You would probably figure that your friend was unreliable for being on time, so you would start to show up a few minutes late, yourself, so you wouldn't be waiting around anymore.

Alright, so let's make sure 2009 is the year you stick it out to the end with reaching your fitness goals.  Before you run off and start forming a resolution, let's talk about the challenges you'll face.  If we confront these now, and prepare for when they do come, you'll be ready to face them and prevail. 

Number one, consistently exercising and eating right, day in and day out, is an absolute MUST if you want to give yourself a shot at reaching your goals.  And get this, it's going to be one of the hardest and most difficult things you'll ever have to do.  Picture the day where you are having the hardest time dragging yourself out of bed, or you had a unbelievably draining day at work, or you have so many errands to do today and the kids are driving you crazy.  Do you feel like working out today?  No, but guess what, you have to.  You're the one that decided you want to lose some weight for that wedding or vacation this summer, and if you give up on yourself today, what's to say you won't give up tomorrow, and the next day, and the next.  This brings me to my next point.  Unless you're exercising at least 3 days per week (the most successful exercise at least 5 days a week) and eating right at least 5 days per week, don't waste your time.  You're going to make yourself so frustrated with not getting results, that you're going to drive yourself crazy.

Number two, it's really cold right now, and who wants to exercise outside in cold weather?  I know it's not my favorite thing to do, but if you love to run, walk, bike, etc., exercising outside may become an issue when it's really cold … or hot.

Number three, guess what, exercise is painful.  Not to the point of a sharp pain, but I'm sure you'll experience times where you feel your heart is going to pop out of your chest, your muscles feel like they're on fire, or maybe you'll have a day where you will feel sick to your stomach or dizzy.  Nobody likes feeling like that, but the reality is, sometimes when you're really pushing yourself, you may feel that way, so be prepared.  Also, be prepared to sweat.  If you casually workout, I'm going to be honest, you're wasting your time.  Intensity is key, and if you aren't going to work out intensely, you're going to become very frustrated.  As I said above, be prepared for those days when you finish your workout and feel awful.  If you're not willing to subject your body to this type of pain, chances are you will not achieve the results you want.  I'm just warning you.  Half-hearted attempts to improve your fitness level don't work … no matter what your goal is. 

Number four, be prepared to always feel hungry when you start your program (this is for weight loss people).  Chances are you're probably eating too many calories right now and will need to cut back.  Your body is used to the calorie level it's at right now, so when it starts getting less each day, you're going to have to fight the urge to grab at snacks.  If you do, you can kiss your resolution goodbye.  You have to be able to practice self-control; if you can't, you're setting yourself up for failure.

Number five, guess what.  You're clothes will probably stink.  Have you ever smelled a pile of sweating clothes?  It's not a pretty picture, so be prepared for lots of showers and lots of sweaty, stinky laundry.

Number six, you may actually gain some weight in the first month or so of your program.  (Click this link, scroll down, and read the article on this page about why this may happen.)  This is where so many people quit.  They've been working out really hard for a month, they step on the scale, and to their surprise, they see they've actually gained weight!  What do they do, they give up.  Don't!  Stick with it because you will prevail if you're patient enough … most people aren't, though.  Immediate result … that's what so many expect today, but fitness results are far from immediate.

Number seven, eating healthier costs more.  Are you prepared to ditch the boxed meals for fresh, more expensive meals?  Less processed foods = more results.  If you stick with your old eating habits, all you're going to do is grow older, yourself, without making any progress toward your goal.

Number eight, there's a great chances that you'll have to say no to friends and family.  You're going to have to eat differently.  No more junk food and alcohol like your family and friends may eat and drink.  No more eating a massive amount of calories when you got out to eat.  You have to stop eating like those around you and start eating better.  You have to say no to the dessert your relative made or the large slice of birthday cake and ice cream.  You have to say no to that extra helping or that last hotdog.  Be prepared to be different and to say no.  Otherwise, be prepared to fail.

Finally, be prepared to sacrifice time and energy for results.  Be prepared to spend less time at home watching TV, less time doing the things you love to do, less time with friends and family; if you're not willing to sacrifice this to get to your goal, then you're not going to get there.  A space ship burns up the most fuel during the launch; once it's in space, it's smooth sailing.  Same with fitness, it's going to take a lot of time and energy to get to your goal (getting out of the earth's atmosphere and into space), but once you reach your goal, it takes a lot less time and energy to maintain your result. 

Are you ready?  Do you really want to start an exercise program?  I hope that you do, but I also hope that if you do, you know what you're getting yourself into, and you're willing to stick it out no matter how tough it gets.

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Stress is good

Posted by | Posted in Mental Health | Posted on Thursday, November 6, 2008

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My wife and I decided to venture to the mall last week, not because we needed to buy something, but because we enjoy just walking around and being in a “mall atmosphere” from time to time.  I couldn’t believe what we saw; now, even before Halloween, department stores are starting to set up for the Christmas shopping rush.

Part of me thinks it’s absolutely ridiculous to be advertising for Christmas in October, but then part of me thinks, “Why not advertise early?”  After all, Christmas is “the hap-happiest season of all”.  I can’t help but get this warm feeling inside when I see Christmas decorations hanging from the ceiling, Christmas window displays, and hear Christmas music playing over the loud speaker.  I guess you could look at it as a stress-reliever for me.

Stress can be a good thing for the body, but if you’re stressed too much, it can be harmful.  Stress promotes growth, but with that stress, we have to know how to manage it.  Muscles need the stress of exercise in order to grow, but if we exercise too hard or for too long, we can injure ourselves.  The same concept applies to the rest of our body.  New promotions, work deadlines, test days, game days, projects, all sorts of stressors can push our bodies to achieve, but if we allow these stressors to bring about extended stress that we don’t know how to manage, that’s when negative results such as headaches, depression, poor sleep, loss of appetite, etc. can set in.

My challenge to you, and to myself, is to take time to be thankful for what you have.  Don’t let your thoughts be consumed with the stressors of life.  Allow stress to push you to be your best, but find a way to contain that stress.  Find a way to allow you thoughts to be released from the stresses of the day so that you can enjoy life and what you have.  If that means walking into a mall to hear the Christmas music, so be it.

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Are big goals better than small goals?

Posted by | Posted in Mental Health | Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2008

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I got this question off of a discussion board I was just reading, and at first, I really made myself sit there and think about it before giving an answer.  I have to say, this really is a good question because I know a lot of people wonder this, and since I've been talking about goal-setting, I can't see any better time to talk about it than right now. 

Some of you may be thinking, "Does it really matter?" and while that was one of the thoughts that first popped into my head too, I realized that it is a pretty important aspect of goal-setting.  I started thinking that even though my clients have an ultimate goal of say … losing 30 lbs., we still shoot for breaking that big goal up into smaller goals.  It sort of goes along with weekly weigh-ins.  I don't just have my clients do weigh-ins to make sure they're continuing to lose weight and stay excited; I also have them weigh in because it keeps them accountable to their ultimate goal.  I use weekly weigh-ins as the smaller goal.  Some trainers do weigh-ins at the beginning of the week to hold their clients accountable for their weekend activities, but I like to do weigh-ins at the end of the week.  The reason I like the end of the week is because it holds my clients accountable for the work they've done during the week, and even though either way accounts for both the weekend and weekdays, I feel that there’s a short-term effect that keeps people motivated around weigh-in time.  If you're weighing in on Monday, you tend to be extra good on the weekend but then have a tendency to slack a little the day after.  If you weigh-in on Friday, you tend to be really good for the days leading up but then slack a little on Saturday … it's just human nature.

Either way, no matter what you do, and it could be weigh-ins on Mondays and Fridays to keep you accountable for both the weekend and all throughout the week, weigh-ins are a great way to keep you motivated to work hard.  After my client weighs in, I have them set a new goal for the next week.  Let's say they lost 1 lb. at their weigh-in.  We might talk about the coming week and decide that shooting for a 2-lb. weight loss goal is not only achievable for the next weigh-in, but it's something they’re fired up to do. 

What does this do?  

You better believe it makes them work even harder, watch their nutrition even more, and do everything they can to make sure they hit that goal!  I've had clients who had a lot of weight to lose, and it wasn't unrealistic for them to lose 4 lbs. in one week because they had so much to lose.  One week they might lose 3 lbs., and so the next week they really want to shoot for losing 4 lbs.  Guess what happens?  They lose 4 lbs. 

So yes, smaller goals are very important because a big goal of losing 30 lbs. may seem very overwhelming, but a goal of losing a pound a week is a lot more manageable, and it's a source of drive week in and week out.  The key with smaller goals is not to lose sight of the ultimate goal.  Work toward your small goals, but remember what they're supposed to add up to.  Small goals are like the rungs in a ladder.  The ultimate goal is to get to the top, but in order to get to the top, you still have to take it one step at a time.

The power of I have … not I will

Posted by | Posted in Mental Health | Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2008

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Let's face it, you can read up on all the different techniques and tricks to help you lose weight or get in better shape, but if you don't have the willpower to do it, then all the reading and learning in the world is going to mean diddly-squat.

So many people start out with so much hope, but when they run into any bit of frustration, they decide they've had enough.  Who can blame them?  It's human nature.  We are a fast-paced society that expects results now!  We don't remember that our poor level of fitness is a culmination of bad choice after bad choice, and when we start working out, we expect that only one choice will change it all and will change it fast.  But it doesn’t work that way.  Deep down, we all know that weight loss takes time, but we hope that we might be that special case or that special testimonial where it only takes us a month to lose 10 lbs.  By now, you should know that losing 10 lbs. in a month is a very rare occurrence; in fact, the more common occurrence is to lose maybe a pound or two, or possibly even zero pounds, in the first month. 

Make no mistake about it, weight loss is a battle; it's a battle with your body and it's a battle with your mind.  Your workout program is set up to combat that excess body fat that continues to creep up on your waistline, but on top of that, your program also creates a battle that goes on between your ears.  And although the battle inside your body is definitely important, the real battle is the one that takes place in your head. 

Look at any person who has successfully lost body fat, not the ones who seem to yo-yo back and forth from one weight loss pill or fad diet to the next, but the ones who go about it the right way with good, old-fashioned exercise and eating improvements.  These successful people share one thing in common; it's not that they all do cardio or they all lift 15 repetitions for their exercises, it's that they all have a mindset that no matter what happens, they will persevere.  These are the people who are dedicated to what they're doing, and who have made up their mind that they are truly tired of their old self and want to transform into a new person … not literally, of course. 

So how do they do it?  Well, I've said it before, but it's all a state of mind.  They develop a positive mindset, and doing so is a very powerful thing.  In Jack Canfield's (cocreator of Chicken Soup for the Soul) book, The Success Principles, Jack goes into detail about when you start to expect to do something, and you actually talk and live as though you have already done it, your brain can't distinguish the difference, and it actually thinks that you have already accomplished it too.  What does this mean?  It means that your brain starts to kick into overdrive to see to it that it carries you across the finish line. 

One way that I've found is very effective for helping my clients develop this mindset is to get them to think as if they have already accomplished their goal.  It's not, "I want to lose 20 lbs." or, "I will lose 20 lbs."  It's, "I have lost 20 lbs."  There's a big difference between the three, and the latter is the one that will take you to your goal.

To start to think this way takes some time to adjust to, but I've found that using material objects is a great way to move toward this way of thinking.  When I sit down in front of clients, I have them picture one thing that will really motivate them to see their results through to the end, no matter how long it takes.  It could take a month, or it could take several years, whatever it is, it's essential that they stick it out.  One of the most common and most effective ways I've seen clients develop the right mindset is to think of an outfit that they want to wear.  It could be something they used to fit into, or it could be a new outfit.  I tend to like the new outfit idea because the fact that they have to spend money to get that new outfit seems to make them more serious about being able to wear it.  Once they figure out what that outfit is, they hang it up in a place where they'll see it every day.  If it's a new outfit, they go out and buy it.  Yes, they may get some weird looks when they're buying an outfit for themselves that's clearly too small at the present time, but by having the outfit hanging up, it trains their brain to assume that they already fit into it, and it helps them to commit to the goal.

Another method that is effective is to find an old picture of yourself, one that send chills up your spine to see what you used to look like, and hang it up on your fridge or by your computer (some place where you are guaranteed to see it).  It could be one where you were a lot thinner, or it could be one where you were even heavier.  Whichever it is, use it as motivation to continue working toward your goal. If it's one where you are thinner, whenever you don't feel like working out, look at that picture and picture what it's like looking and feeling thinner and healthier.  If it's one that you are heavier in, use that as motivation to never look and feel like that again … ever. 

By using techniques like these, you will develop a mindset that pushes you to the end result.  Start living as though you have already achieved your goal, and use some positive reinforcement, like these two techniques, to help keep you on the right path.  Wake up every morning, look at yourself in the mirror, and say, "Today is _____________ (the month, day, and year your goal has been achieved), I have lost ____ lbs., and I weigh ____ lbs. and fit into size ____ pants!"  (Fill in whatever number goes in the blanks and use whatever article of clothing you want to use.)  Speak your goal into existence, and make sure you're speaking a goal that has a deadline.  By acting as though today is the day you have achieved your goal, you'll also create a sense of urgency to reach your goal.  This will help you from becoming complacent and will really push you to take the necessary steps to accomplish your goal.  I use this type of goal-setting on myself, and I love it because having a deadline really does push me to achieve what I've set out to do.  So much of achieving success has to do with your thoughts more than your actions, and when you win the battle going on in your mind and develop the right mindset to achieve your fitness goals, your weight loss war is almost over!   

Don't just say your goal to yourself, write it out.

Today is _________________, and I, _____________________ (your name), have lost _____ lbs., and I weigh _____ lbs. and fit into size _____ pants (shirt, dress, suit, etc.)!

____________________________        _________________
                Signature                                       Date    

Once you write up this contract with yourself, display it in a place you'll always see it.  (Frame it by the front door, tape it to your steering wheel, tape it to your bathroom mirror, etc.)

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Alzheimer’s and Exercise

Posted by Dan Falkenberg | Posted in Mental Health | Posted on Thursday, July 17, 2008

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This is something that is very near and dear to my heart.  I have had in the past and currently have a family member who suffers from Alzheimer’s.  For any of you who have a family member that’s suffering from Alzheimer’s, you know how hard it is to watch your loved one have to go through this terrible disease.  To see them forget where they’re going, not recognize family members, and forget how to do the tasks of the daily routine they’ve done for decades can be very hard to handle.

I lost my great aunt to Alzheimer’s, and to see her for the last time was pretty tough to experience.  My grandma is currently battling Alzheimer’s, and it’s so sad to see how it has affected her.  To know how sharp a person’s mind used to be and to see how Alzheimer’s can totally transform that person is something that is very hard to take.  My wife Amber and I hope to be able to get down to Fort Myers to be able to see her soon, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed.

So you probably are asking yourself, “What does this have to do with exercise?”  The great news is that scientists have just found that regular exercise can decrease the amount of brain damage in Alzheimer’s sufferers!  It has been known that exercise increases blood flow and growth hormone release in the brain, thus improving thinking and memory, but it has never been found to benefit patients with Alzheimer’s.  The study showed that compared to sufferers who didn’t participate in regular exercise, those that did experienced less brain deterioration.  Scientists hope that the results of this study will be another important step to one day finding a permanent treatment for this horrible disease.

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Valentine’s Day and stress

Posted by Dan Falkenberg | Posted in Mental Health | Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2008

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I know you’re probably sick of hearing it by now, but Happy Valentine’s Day!  I just got back from my wife’s classroom where a gave her a bouquet of red roses.  It was really cute to see how excited she was, not to mention her little students.  I know Valentine’s Day comes with mixed emotions for some; for me, Valentine’s Day, as well as our anniversary, is a great day to celebrate our years together, but I try to not just let these two days be the only days I show my affection and love to my wife.  You wanna know why?

As much as I appreciate Valentine’s Day, I feel there’s more to showing love than just one or two days out of the year.  Love and affection can be showed in all kinds of ways.  In fact, for those of you that are single, you don’t even need Valentine’s Day.  For me, doing the dishes or rubbing my wife’s feet after a long day of work is perfect for showing her that I love her.  Although Valentine’s Day has become so commercialized with diamond necklaces, flowers, and chocolates, don’t let this be the only day you show affection to someone.  In fact, I’d dare to say that even though my wife loved my surprise in her classroom, she loves even more the little things I do for her throughout the entire year.

Tonight my wife Amber and I are going to my brother’s college basketball game.  All kinds of my family are going to be there, and even though I already have a lovely wife, I can still show how much I care for my brother, sister, parents, grandparents, and other family and friends.  Did you know that showing affection is actually good for your health?  I’m not just talking about the affection I would show to my wife, if you know what I mean, I’m talking about the affection I can show friends and family to let them know that I value them in my life.

Showing signs of affection has actually been shown to reduce stress.

Now I’m not saying go out and hug everyone you see (use common sense), but by showing some people you really care about them not only can be good for them, but it can also be good for you.

Here’s to good health on Valentine’s Day!

Steps to take in overcoming the “winter blues”

Posted by Dan Falkenberg | Posted in Mental Health | Posted on Thursday, February 7, 2008

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Winter is a great time of year to hit the slopes and ice rinks, but it’s also a contributing factor to that feeling of laziness or hopelessness we can feel from time to time.  A study done Gavin Lambert of the Baker Research Institute shows that sunny days indeed play a role in our mood and energy levels.

The study found that sunny days lead to more serotonin, the brain’s natural antidepressant, being released; increased levels of serotonin lead to increases in our mood.  With winter being such a cloudy season in most parts of the country, my great state of Ohio being one of the worst year-round, it’s no wonder “winter blues” is such a common used phrase around this time of year.

Well, good news head hangers!  Exercise is a great way to rev our spirits up and get out the door while whistling our favorite tune.  Don’t believe me? Exercise can give us a great confidence because we’re out there doing something to make ourselves look and feel better.  It’s a great way to meet new faces, relieve the stresses of the day, improve sleep, and help us forget the things that bring us down.  Why?  Well guess what?  Remember that little hormone called serotonin?  Exercise also helps increase it!

So why not give exercise a shot.  The effects of an exercise session not only last throughout the next few days, but they can also last a lifetime.  Now’s a great time to pick up a new winter hobby, or maybe you already know how to do some of these:

  1. Skiing
  2. Snowboarding
  3. Ice skating
  4. Sledding
  5. Cross country skiing
  6. Winter races
  7. Ice hockey
  8. Walking the mall (Many malls allow walkers to use the center part, even when the stores are closed.)
  9. Building a snowman or snow fort (If you’ve ever done it, you know how hard it is to build a serious one!)
  10. Tackle football in the snow (This is one of my favorites.)
  11. Going on a hike (My wife and I just did this when it snowed; it was so pretty to see everything snow-covered.)

These are just some ideas, Active.com is a great site for other ideas and events going on in your area, and if you don’t like any of those, there’s always online fitness training with Your LiveTrainers. (You knew I had to throw that in there.)

My two cents on Britney Spears

Posted by Dan Falkenberg | Posted in Mental Health | Posted on Thursday, January 31, 2008

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After hearing about the new happenings with Britney Spears, I figured I’d throw my two cents in, for whatever it’s worth.  I know this really doesn’t have much to do with exercise, but I guess you could say it’s mental health, and mental health has to do with fitness … right?

Anyway, at first I felt Britney brought this all on herself with all the publicity stunts she pulled, but now … it’s obvious that there’s definitely some type of mental disorder affecting her.  There’s got to be a point where you draw the line between stupid happenings of stars and their real life problems.  This is starting to get out of control with the press Britney Spears is receiving.  I wish she could be given some privacy during this time because she really needs some serious mental help.  I understand that it’s the job of the paparazzi to get “the shot” and to put food on the table for their families, but seriously … did you see how they were slamming their lenses into the back windows of the ambulance as it drove off?

Yes, Britney is a star, and she does make a scene, but she’s also a real person with some real mental health problems.  I wish she and her family could be given their space until she gets the help she needs.

Ok … that’s my thoughts for the day.  Anybody else have any?