Exercise and Mood Changes

by Lance Ekum on · 8 comments

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Diseases of the soul are more dangerous and more numerous than those of the body.” ~ Cicero

Have you ever had a bad day? Or just don’t feel quite as chipper as you usually do? A sure-fire way to change this is … exercise!

Every time I exercise, I come away with a “high”. Oh, I might feel tired, beat up, and physically exhausted. But, my mental attitude is always “better” than it was before I exercised. A few days ago, I biked home from work in a strong headwind. By the time I arrived at home, I was tired and later than planned. But I still felt great about being out there, moving my body. I felt great even though I felt tired!

Exercise can take many forms. A walk around the block, football in the backyard, running a 5K race, strength training, playing tag, the list goes on and on. So, make some time to exercise every day. Mix it up, making some days more strenuous than others. Find things you like to do that will keep you active. And then get out there and do it. Your body and mind will be renewed!

Lance writes stories from his heart, aiming to inspire and motivate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he's not here, you can find him hanging out with his family, riding a bike, or just generally acting goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Treehouse newsletter and get additional inspiration in your email inbox!
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Shamelle @ TheEnhanceLife.com June 18, 2008 at 10:14 pm

I can related well to this! and yes, mixing up is one thing I have tried to great effect.


MizFit June 19, 2008 at 5:47 am


especially the nontraditional like TAG.

little bursts like with WITH my Toddler make me a far better/more patient mother.


Rachel June 19, 2008 at 9:20 am

I agree 100%. Going on little sleep since the birth of my son a month ago most days I really don’t feel like working out. However, on the days I do push myself to even just take a walk outside I always feel so much better.


Lanceman June 19, 2008 at 4:02 pm

@Shamelle — yep, mixing it up can be the key to keeping you doing it!

@MizFit — hey, if it’s fun right…

@Rachel — I give you credit, a baby in the house means not a lot of sleep. Keep it up (when you can).


Amanda Linehan June 19, 2008 at 7:00 pm

Even after just a few days of being inactive I feel myself getting irritated more easily. The times when you don’t feel like being active at all are the times you need it the most!


rebecca June 20, 2008 at 3:07 pm

as you know, i just started exercising and i have been feeling good….funny thing, not only is it helping me mentally and physically but i also find that i’m not as prone to eating the wrong foods. it seems to keep me on track. so it’s a win-win-win!


Lanceman June 23, 2008 at 9:17 am

@Amanda – That last sentence is right on! How true that what we need most sometimes is that which we continually put off.

@Rebecca – Win-win-win — that’s awesome! I find that too, when I exercise more, my eating habits improve as well – it’s cool how that works (when we actually do it).


scheng1 April 10, 2010 at 10:45 am

Agree, I even enjoy the feeling of sweating it out, and feel the sweat dripping. I love to hike in the nature park, feel the blood pumping, breath in the fresh air, and listen to all the noisy creatures in the forest
.-= scheng1´s Last Fabulous Post ..Yeast infection and food =-.


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