Deborah Rankin

When Exercise Feels Good You’ll Be Happier

I sensed I might not be an exciting person when I took a vacation day this week and celebrated by walking with friends at 6 a.m. in 24 degree weather and buying three bottles of exotic water at the grocery!

It was a great day.

After the walk I felt alive and energetic, with no pesky aches, pains, or stiff areas.

I drink tap water most of the time because in my opinion most bottled water is “dressed up” tap water, and I don’t like putting more containers in our dumps. But I indulged in:

  • Artesian water from Norway
  • pH balanced water from a company in Kansas that puts art on the bottle. “We exist to advance and showcase the sources of creation and creativity.”  Perhaps also to make money selling water?
  • San Pellegrino, natural mineral water from Italy

How extravagant!

Although I don’t always exercise as much as I like, and although like perhaps some of you I’ve gained a few pounds in unwanted places, in my core I enjoy a healthy lifestyle because it feels good. I truly don’t understand why everyone doesn’t exercise and eat fruits and vegetables.

Although I used to have a whole cookbook devoted to cheesecake, and I definitely still make pecan, pumpkin and cherry pies for holidays, I don’t eat many heavy desserts these days because I don’t feel good afterward. 

Through circumstances, I had to simplify my lifestyle and with other pressures, I didn’t have much emotional strength so I eliminated other stressors because without so much drama in my life I am more calm and peaceful.

What if living a healthy lifestyle isn’t punishing, or miserable, or painful, but feels better? I’ll be writing more about that next year, and I need your help. If you subscribe to my blog, you received an email from me with a link to a short survey with two questions. Would you please help me by answering those question?

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  • what’s your #1 challenge in managing stress and living a healthy lifestyle?
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Thank you!

© 2018 Deborah Rankin

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