Monday, January 5, 2009

Why Do You Exercise?

Do you exercise because you feel good or feel good because you exercise?

The first time I was posed this question I responded, "I feel good because I exercise of course!" At the time I was listening to Dr. Alex DeSouza talk to a group of ladies about beauty from the inside out. The more I listened the more I was persuaded to reverse my answer.

Have you seen Oprah's new live your best life series? In this series, she and trainer Bob Greene pose a series of questions to followers about their happiness in life and how it has affected their health, specifically weight loss/weight gain.

The point they and Dr. DeSouza are trying to make is this:

You can try and even succeed at losing weight and getting in shape,

but if you are not happy and fulfilled in other areas of your life

the likelihood of you regaining the weight is extremely high.

So for this new year I suggest that you do not think about resolutions, but examine ALL areas of your life to determine if you have any old "junk" you need to deal with. Get to the real reason why you are not acheiving your health and fitness goals. Once you face the "icky" stuff , you will be astounded at how everything else falls into place.


  1. Lisa,

    What an insightful, thought-provoking article! And very well written!!! Keep up the great work.


  2. Thanks, Lisa!

    Was thinking of you when I picked up a magazine called Clean Eating ( the other day. Have you seen it? If so, what are your thoughts?

  3. Lisa, this is an interesting point. Often we think that being in shape necessarily equals happiness. In reality, if we haven't balanced our personal growth with physical fitness, there remains a distance between body and mind.

    You've selected an interesting focus for this blog, and I look forward to future updates.

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  5. I can attest to this first hand! I lost weight after the kids, was a healthy eater, worked out regularly... but, because I wasn't dealing with everything, I gained the weight back- and then some!

    I am loving this blog, btw. Thanks for the great insight!