Sunday, July 24, 2011

get up, get creative, and quit yer bitchin'

Looking for more than physical appearance as a motivating reason to get moving? Here are three good reasons to get up off that thang so you feel better, both mentally and physically.

Exercise makes you smarter.  It can  boosts your creativity. Trading couch surfing for dog walking could even help alleviate depression and anxiety.

I speak from experience. I've suffered from depression over the years. When I feel a slump coming on, I take a look at my diet and cut out the excess sugars and vino (this really applies during the holidays). And I go for more runs. Helps clear the cobwebs and gripes in the back of my mind. I can put things in perspective, and organize my thoughts. Maybe running isn't your thing. How about bike riding, swimming, dancing, or yoga? Getting in shape--physically and mentally-- is not a passive thing folks, so you are going to have to actually apply yourselves!

Thinking about all this makes me wonder about future generations. With schools nationwide cutting PE  and the arts, plus increase focus on standardized testing, I'm afraid we're churning out graduates that can regurgitate facts, but can't think critically or creatively. Are mindless cows what this country needs more of? Nah, I don't think so either.

Here are a few sites and books I think are worth reading/visiting for more inspiration about the power of exercise on the brain.

  • John Ratey's book, Spark talks about how exercise effects the brain. Very interesting read, really! 
  • This is a hilarious video by John Medina, author of Brain Rules 
  • Interesting Newsweek article titled Forget Brainstorming. Which leads to this one, Creativity Crisis in America. (See, I do have a point about schools churning out less creative students!) 
  • The Green Exercise website is all about exercise outdoors and your health with plenty of links to studies to back up the claim.
  • I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. To me the creation of the machine is clever, but I'm so sure about the art it creates. But the blog it came from,, is worth perusing.
OK, that's it for now. I've got some creating to do!


Gayle said...

Amen sista! I know I feel better when I exercise. Sometimes when I'm in a funk all it takes is for me to kick the soccer ball in the backyard for the pooch to get me in a better mind set. As always thanks for the great reminder!

and thanks the great ass-kicking in pilates tonight! I know I'll sleep better after that.

Kristin Jackson, CPT, LWMC said...

I'm sure to some it may seem over simplified to say that exercise and you'll be happier, but it's more effective than drugs. Of course, it does take a bit more effort.

Glad you could make it to class too

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