Whether you’re a seasoned runner or someone who’s just starting out, you’ve likely experienced (or at least heard about) the elusive runner’s high.
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You’ll remember this from grade school: An object at rest tends to stay at rest, while an object in motion tends to stay in motion. It’s Newton’s First Law. In fitness terms, this means that the more you exercise, the more your body wants to exercise. “Our bodies were created to move,” says Sally Edwards, MS, founder of Heart Zones training company in Sacramento, Calif., and author of The Heart Rate Monitor Guidebook to Heart Zone Training (Lifestyles 4-Heart Press, 1999). “When you don’t move, you’re violating the principles of physiology.”
Our bodies were designed to be in motion. Trouble is, few of Americans are moving nearly enough and this lack of exercise is putting millions at risk for chronic conditions like obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and certain cancers. To combat the health-robbing effects of sedentary living, it’s essential that we all commit to putting our bodies through their paces – to make the conscious choice to use it, not lose it.
What’s the one prescription I am always happy to dispense? Take two belly laughs and call me in the morning. Safer than any big pharma pill-of-the-moment and free of harmful side effects, laughter is one of the easiest things you can do to promote healing and well being. In fact, in my 20 years of medical experience, I’ve found that patients who have a sense of humor and laugh a lot, tend to heal better and faster than those who don’t. Therefore I say, if health and wellness is your goal, skip irony, bypass sarcasm and make the conscious choice to add more joyous laughter into to your day.