Exercise and mental healthIf you’re exercising regularly, here’s a post that will make you feel great!  If you’re not physically active, here’s more motivation:

A longitudinal study conducted by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical City at Dallas and the Cooper Institute found that increased fitness in your 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s improves quality of life during the final 5 years of life!

Specifically, midlife fitness significantly decreases the occurrence of chronic disease during the last five years of life.

So, taking care of yourself in your earlier years not only contributes to your current physical, emotional, and mental well being, but also improves the chances of healthy aging.  If you want to read more about the study, click here.  

If you’re in need of motivation to improve your physical activity level, you may want to review Get Moving, Part 1, Get Moving, Part 2, and Get Moving, Part 3.

For a 7 minute high intensity interval training routine, and some information on the science behind it, check out this post by Gretchen Reynolds:  The Scientific 7-Minute Workout.

Still having difficulty getting motivated?  How about 2 minutes of stretching your arms, back, and shoulders, 1 minute of jumping jacks, and 2 minutes of lower body stretching?  Or, read this post from The Happiness Project on developing an exercise routine!

Now get moving!  Want to share what works for you?