Morning Exercise is a Keystone Habit

The habit of getting up early each morning, exercising for at least 20-minutes and setting a positive tone for the rest of your day has numerous physical and psychological benefits. Getting up is one of the hardest things we do each day. It gives you a mental edge over everyone else knowing you had the discipline to get up and get a workout in before you even got to work or school. You’ll begin the day with a sense of accomplishment. It is like walking around with a secret. Continue reading Morning Exercise is a Keystone Habit

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IS DEPRESSION A CHOICE?

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In her book, Depression Is a Choice: Winning the Battle Without Drugs, A. B. Curtiss argues that most people can control the syndrome without the use of drugs and without the burden of endless therapy. In her book, she draws from her own experiences with depression, anecdotes from her practice, and a wealth of information about the history of the treatment of depression.[i] She acknowledges that depression in its most extreme forms is best treated through pharmaceutical and psychoanalytical intervention.

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Clinical depression is a disease. I don’t wish to add to the stigmatization of depression.The stigmatization of depression is why approximately 80% of the people with depression don’t seek treatment.[ii] Continue reading “IS DEPRESSION A CHOICE?”

Prime Yourself Each Morning with Exercise

Beginning each day with exercise is a fantastic way to begin our day. How we begin each day sets a tone for the rest of our day. When we begin each day with exercise, we are stimulating our mind and body for peak performance. Morning exercise stimulates the production of Brain-derived Neurotropic Factor (BDNF). BDNF is often called “Miracle-Gro for the brain” because it stimulates the formation of new neurons.  How you begin each day determines how you will live each day.

Prime yourself with daily exercise. Start your day with the one activity that will improve your mood, focus, and vitality. Regardless of our fitness goals, beginning your day with exercise is a must, if we want to live a world-class life.  Daily exercise benefits the brain more than the body. The purpose of developing this habit is to:

  1. Prime your mind and body for a great day
  2. Stimulate the release of BDNF, “Miracle-Gro for the brain.”
  3. Improve your mood and focus
  4. Increase energy and vitality
  5. Improved impulse control and willpower
  6. Improved weight management and fitness
  7. Provide you with a sense of accomplishment before you start your workday

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A short 10 to 20-minute workout is sufficient. Do whatever activity you enjoy. Don’t let good be the enemy of great. Continue reading “Prime Yourself Each Morning with Exercise”

Make ONE REAL RESOLUTION this Year

This is the time of year where the word resolution is misused by millions of people. We will examine the formal definition. Next, we will look at how it is commonly applied to New Year’s Resolutions. Last, we will examine what it means to go after a goal with true resolve and how you can make this year different than any other year.

I am not a fan of New Year’s Resolutions because I don’t think most people actually make resolutions. They make a list of things they would like to happen. They will usually attach a list of actions they should do to achieve it. Should is a word for the underachiever. It implies that your values aren’t in line with your actions. No one does what they should. They do what they must. They do what is in line with their true values.

That brings us to the formal definition of resolution; a firm decision to do or not to do something. The critical word in this definition is the word decision. Tony Robbins provides the best definition of the word decision.

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The Habit: Week-3 (Morning Exercise) It’s for the Mind more than the Body!

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This week’s challenge is to wake-up 30-minutes early and exercise for at least 20-minutes. Most people that resolve to wake-up early to exercise do it with the vague goal of losing some weight and getting into shape. Those are terrible goals for several reasons. First, they aren’t clearly defined. Second, they don’t contain any emotional intensity, and last, they don’t have any deadline to create a sense of urgency. I want you to wake-up early and exercise because it will prime your mind for peak performance.

This habit has more to do with the effects it will have on your mind, and much less to do with the effects it will have on your body. Most people know that exercise releases endorphin, the body’s homegrown brand of morphine, but what most people don’t realize is that it stimulates the brain. Continue reading “The Habit: Week-3 (Morning Exercise) It’s for the Mind more than the Body!”