How are You Feeling?

Lethargic? Bummed out? Agitated? Tense? Apathetic? Listless? Vacant? Tired? Annoyed? Depressed?

Eating well and getting regular exercise can help.

Eating poorly can exacerbate these feelings directly and indirectly. If I have too much sugar and caffeine, I get extremely agitated, especially if I’m sitting in front of my computer. The solution is not to OD on the two elsewhere (grin), but to make better choices about what I eat and drink.

Similarly, if we want to build lean muscle and decrease body fat but continue to eat poorly, it is unlikely we will achieve our goals and therefore, will continue to feel negatively.

Of course, everyone’s diet must be finely tuned to their needs. However, in general, the following six changes would benefit many of us:

1. Drink more water.

2. Eat more vegetables and fruit.

3. Cut back on portion size.

4. Eat small meals throughout the day.

5. Don’t eat on the run. Make mealtime about eating and when appropriate, visiting with family and friends.

6. Cut back on processed foods. Cook more meals from scratch using fresh ingredients.

Here are two sample schedules to help you get more active . . . and in all likelihood, feel better. The first is for those who are regularly active. The second is for those of us who don’t exercise as much. (Working out with someone else can be good for both of you.)

Option 1

Monday – resistance training including warm up and cool down

Tuesday – get your heart rate up doing a cardio workout on the treadmill, elliptical, or rowing machine or play a game of handball or tennis

Wednesday – resistance training including warm up and cool down

Thursday – get your heart rate up doing a cardio workout on the treadmill, elliptical, or rowing machine or play a game of handball or tennis

Friday – resistance training including warm up and cool down

Saturday – stretch and strengthen (i.e.: do a Pilates workout)

Sunday – go for a walk with family and/or friends

Option 2

Monday – stretch and strengthen (i.e.: do a Pilates workout)

Tuesday – resistance training including warm up and cool down

Wednesday – try a class at your local gym or do your favourite cardio DVD workout

Thursday – resistance training including warm up and cool down

Friday – stretch and strengthen (i.e.: do a Pilates workout)

Saturday – try a class at your local gym or do your favourite cardio DVD workout

Sunday – go for a walk with family and/or friends

Please remember these are generalizations. Consult your healthcare provider before beginning an exercise routine or making significant changes to your diet.

2 thoughts on “How are You Feeling?

  1. I feel miserable much of the time, from a physical standpoint. I’ve fallen into almost every pitfall you’ve mentioned above, and I need to get out. I’m going to be pushing up my fitness requirement in Round 4 of RoW to help me out.

    I’ve favorited your post and will look back on it in a week or two as I prepare to start a better schedule of exercise and diet. Thanks!

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