The Depressant You Are Accidentally Taking

By | Balance, Behavior Change, Health, Moms, Mothers, Six Week Challenge, Strength, Uncategorized

I read an article yesterday that discussed the science of happiness as it relates to exercise. According to scientific research, exercise is often just as effective at boosting your mood as the most effective drugs are, but exercise comes without the negative side effects.

I’ve wrote about this aspect of exercise research before and it’s also been highlighted in the media lately. These mood boosting benefits of exercise definitely still hold true…But the article I read yesterday took a different perspective on this and it blew my mind!

Depressant“NOT exercising is like taking a depressant.”

That means that over 80% of American’s are actually taking this depressant each day…We all know alcohol is a depressant but did you ever think skipping your workouts was like taking a depressant?

You see, our bodies were meant to move – to perform manual labor, lift things, dig things, wash things, walk and run to things and so on. We have all but lost this daily, purposeful movement in our current, sit-on-our-butt society.

If you are feeling down in the dumps, overwhelmed and/or discouraged – EXERCISE!

Whenever I find myself attending my own pity party, I either go for an awesome workout or I take a nap. Sometimes I do both and it squashes the pity party almost every time.

women_runningThe less you watch other people live and exercise on TV (ie: Sports or reality shows like the Biggest Loser), and the more you start moving your body, the happier you will feel which will lead to making better nutritional choices which will lead to a healthier, more fulfilling life!

If you aren’t sure how to start moving more, I highly recommend our Fit Moms For Life 6 week challenge program that you can do anywhere in the world! It will get you moving, increase your strength and happiness and the workouts can be done in about 20 minutes per day! ->-> Click here to learn more about the FM4L 6 week challenge. <-<

If you are in the Madison area and are about 50 years or older, I will be offering two more FREE exercise and nutrition workshops this coming Sunday 10/19 and the following Wed 10/22. Spots in the first two workshops sold out and participants were just blown away by the experience. ->-> Click here to register for this hands on workshop <-<



Winter Blues

By | Behavior Change, Blog, Mindset, Uncategorized

This is Melissa K, one of Dustin’s contributors.

For those of you in the Midwest winter is quickly approaching.  For me that means wanting to sleep a lot more, massive carb cravings, weight gain, anxiety and agitation, low motivation and feeling easily overwhelmed.  Why do I feel like this when the days get colder and darker?  I have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  It mostly affects adult women who live near the poles (ex. upper US and Canada).  People with mild symptoms are said to have the Winter Blues.

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