The Three Es… and One Very Unusual Exercise Tactic

laughing woman doing yogaRecently, I was in the middle of a self-care strategy session with one of my fab women. We were focusing on various ways to take care of her physical body which, for our work, means what I call “the Three Es:” eating, exercise and enough sleep.
When we started talking about her exercise habits, she disclosed a secret to a successful regimen.
In effort to eliminate all barriers between her bed and her morning routine, she does something that most people never even think about doing: she wears her workout clothes to sleep.Extreme? Perhaps. Effective? Quite possibly.My response to her was simple: whatever works!

Because the truth is that regular movement is one of the most important things you can do for your body. John Ratey, associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, says “having a bout of exercise is like taking a little bit of Prozac and a little bit of Ritalin, right where it is supposed to go.” Or one of my psychology professors said it in a slightly simpler, stickier way:
Not exercising is like taking a depressant.
So, what workout strategies work for you? How can you increase their awesome today? If you like morning exercise, for instance, make it easier by keeping your alarm or glasses in your shoes, placing your gear next to your bed as a reminder or, indeed, wearing your running shorts to sleep. 😉
Whatever you choose, MOVE!

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