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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Who Needs the Y?

I am getting old.

I used to be able to pop up before 5 a.m. and drive into the Y to go to exercise classes.

I got to where I just couldn't do it anymore!

Then we got our puppies and their schedules really prevented me from being gone early in the morning.

For a short time I was doing Gilad at home. But I even stopped doing that after a time.

I haven't exercised in months.

And, I feel it.

I know that this has added to my depression. I'm not all scientific and technical and all, but exercise really does release that hormone in you that makes you happy. And as Elle Woods would say, "Endorphins make you happy. And happy people just don't kill their husbands." (My husband would be glad to know that.)

I have been feeling "fleshy" and yucky and out of shape.

But our Y membership has expired.

Who needs a gym membership when you have yard work to do?

Good grief! On Sunday I potted flower pots for three hours. On Monday I hand-tilled our vegetable garden box and mixed in peat moss and good soil and planted our garden. I was sore, exhausted and my heart rate was definitely up. It was a good aerobic exercise!

And, I have started getting up 30 minutes earlier and taking Crusoe for a walk around or neighborhood. It's 1.8 miles. He needs it as much as I do. It's been so nice.

I feel so much better ... clearer, more positive.

Exercising really does help with depression.


  1. I can't even imagine getting up that early to exercise. That being said, I do love when I can squeeze my run in before I have to take Dylan to school in the morning.
    I'm glad that the exercise is helping. I agree-I feel like crap, physically and mentally, when I don't exercise.

  2. Okay....if YOU are old, I'm going to skip lunch and call the undertaker......

    Seriously, working outside in your gardens and walking your pets is a perfect way to firm up those places that need firming! It is much better to come up with something that works well with your lifestyle so it's easier to stick with.

    Hang in there!!!!!!


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