Yesterday morning I caught the last few minutes of Anthony Robbins on an Oprah Network show. He was talking about the connection between motion and emotion and how they effect one another. Sometimes we can’t change the events happening in our lives, but we can change how they impact our health. No doubt when we are sad and depressed it’s hard to pick ourselves up and move, but in fact, it’s exactly what we need to do. Just picture a sad, depressed person. We all have the same image. Someone with their head down, slumped and moving slowly. Sure they are moving slowly, in that slumped position our lungs are constricted and breathing becomes shallow causing us to have lack of oxygen which creates fatigue. If we just put one foot in front of the other, both figuratively and literally, we can use motion to change emotion. There is nothing like a good round of fitness, to change our state! There is no question we all feel accomplished after a good workout. Makes us want to jump up and down and say “YES, I DID IT!” In just a short time we can go from slumped over like an old fragile being, to jumping up and down like a kid filled with energy and joy. As Robbins says…”Change your state and you change your life.” From a personal standpoint, I workout almost every day and have done so for the past 30 years. Even during extremely sad and stressful times, I can’t ever remember being truly depressed. I am certain my emotions follow my daily motion. And on that note, I am up and moving. With love and gratitude I wish you a day filled with motion that guides your emotions.
As someone who suffers the occasional bout of depression, I can tell you that exercise is what lifts me up and saves me. Hooray for Endorphins !