Exercise Important for Mind as Well as Body

Exercise Important for Mind as Well as Body

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Jill Atwood Reporting Exercise and eating right are the keys to staying fit and healthy, but did you realize that you also have to exercise your mind? Positive thinking and emotional well being are also essential to a happy healthy life.

I went to a woman's conference a couple weeks ago--women in business, money management, communication, all that stuff. But the workshop that packed the house was the one on body, mind, and wellness presented by Lucy Beale, an author and wellness coach who lives right here in Sandy.

The good news is there is a magic formula, the bad news is it does take some work. An aerobic workout, while challenging, will cure just about anyone down in the dumps.

Lucy Beale: "A little bit every day lifts moods, we know that. We know it's chemicals the body releases, endorphins, and we do feel better emotionally."

Lucy Beale starts off every day with a good Pilates stretch and a dose of sunshine, if it's available. She also recites positive affirmations over and over, realizing the mind has ultimate power over her well being.

Lucy Beale: "Research has shown that how we think actually changes our immune system and changes the way our cells operate. So when we think, 'Oh I have a bad back it, will be bad the rest of my life,' it becomes predictive, something that can happen."

Lucy is a well-known author and wellness coach with several books under her belt. She says each one of us has the power to change whatever we want through positive thinking.

Lucy Beale: "A person without confidence can simply say, 'I have self confidence and practicality. Or I like myself or I feel good about my life. I am happy and fulfilled."

She also says allow the stress in your life to propel you to success, use it to your advantage. But if it does get too much, here are some sure fire stress relievers. Take deep breaths, stretch, jog in place if you can, get out in the sun, and brushing your hair will even make you feel better

Of course we are just scratching the surface here. Lucy Beale has a number of tips for overall wellness when it comes to the mind, body and spirit.

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