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Exercise changed my life! We all have two lives. The second one starts when we realize we only have one.- Tom Hiddleston

How Being Active and Exercise Changed My Life

May 16, 2019 4 Comments

Since having children nearly 25 years ago, exercise has been a huge part of my life. It was a love affair that began with Gold’s Gym and has changed focus over the years. Yet, year after year, I find new ways to keep moving and to ultimately stay in love with the movement itself.

With a grateful heart, I want to share with you how being active, and exercise changed my life.

Movement Helps Arthritis Symptoms

When I first met Jesse, we would hike a couple of times a week together, eventually adding jogging and cycling to our routine. Though intimidating to hang with an athlete, it was the most amazing experience to find someone who loved working out the way I did.

Someone who understood the need to hit the gym or treadmill simply for the positive mental health it would gift me with. Fully learning, and understanding the truth in the phrase “A body in motion stays in motion.”

The chronic pain I live with, as well as the stiffness in my hips, began to be more tolerable. I was able to move more fluidly and I found it much easier to move about. Exercise eased my pain, and before I knew it, I completed my first half-marathon!

Interestingly, my pain hasn’t really changed drastically.

However, the activity became the foundation for changing my perception of the pain! Perception is everything.

MBSR For Chronic Pain Relief

In the Journal of Psychosomatic Research, this study demonstrated that a variety of chronic pain patients showed a “significant change in pain intensity and functional limitation due to pain following MBSR”. Further studies have backed this up.

I am sure it was the extra endorphin production that helps my body with pain relief when I exercise, but I am confident that in combination with physical activity, Mindfulness has been part of my success!

Once I incorporated a more active lifestyle with Mindful Based Stress Reduction & Inquiry-Based Stress Reduction, other positive changes began occurring that could not be ignored. I became more confident, more energized, and believe it or not, more positive.

Feeling good… well, it feels really freaking good, and I didn’t want it to end. I always want to feel happy, pain-free and content with life.

After feeling so wonderful, I was wanting to take the bull by the horns and fully live this life every. single, day.

Living fully with the love, passion, and compassion that comes with knowing only one thing for certain…

… it all ends.

Queen Of Self-Help

Over the years, while logging countless hours on the treadmill, I have read a plethora of self-help books. Additionally, I completed many self-help workbooks and worksheets. (Yes, Dr., that library card did come handy!)

Between the therapy I received over the years, and my goal to discover why I behave the way I do, I know that what I have learned can help you and countless others.

Not everybody can invest the time and money into such an endeavor, and unfortunately, they can’t afford therapy either. Therin lies a huge problem and huge number of people who rely on self-help to help fix their issues, as suggested in this article from PsychCentral, What To Do When You Can’t Find Therapy.

It is here, in this area of self-help psychology that I can be of great assistance to anyone and everyone, regardless of their income. Every single self-help worksheet I put on this site will be available to everyone for free. Of course, future programs come at a reasonable cost, but all the information is free and will always be.

Putting Two and Two Together

Recently, as I continue reading every self-help book I could find… researching the science behind positivity, I decided to make a commitment to myself… 

I decided to combine my love of exercise, and my love for self-help psychology, especially Mindfulness to see what I could accomplish! Eventually adding nutrition to the equation to complete this package.

I would start loving my SELF in the ways that I love others.

I decided to give all of the love, support, encouragement, and kindness that I freely give to others… to myself.

If I love myself as passionately as I love others, what could I accomplish?

I wanted to find out.


Make Your Own Commitment

Decide right now to love your “self”! Choose to lovingly soothe your pains with kindness, compassion, and love, and believe in the power you already possess.

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Mental Health Advocate and Blogger. Runner. Hiker. Cycler. Anything Moving, and Everything Still. I believe in the power of the mind, the strength of the heart, and resilience of the Person. We all have the power to change... Change your story, change your life.

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