Smiles: instant rejuvenation
Life’s lessons have taught me this: a smile is the number one feature that makes people attractive. It’s a welcome mat. It’s what makes folks approachable. People with a great smiles radiate a warmth that draws others to them instantly.
Some people naturally have a great smile. Others analytical types like me must work at it. One way to tell if you’re in my category is to recall picking up your developed photos. As you flipped through the pictures, you didn’t like the way you looked in most of them. But then…you discovered that one great picture of yourself. In it, you look friendly you’re smiling broadly and your eyes twinkle. Now THAT picture looks like you!
Exercise should be fun!
During my “Boot camp” class I see some people who look fit and usually do good during class but I never see them smile. And I feel sorry for them. It seems for them workout is a very serious business and a grave responsibility. These very serious people do not look around. They do not return smiles. They work!
And I look at their faces and faces look old and tired and determined. But I see no life, joy or smile.
Addiction to exercise.
Now I know that exercise bulimics push through unbelievable pain to reach weight maintenance or weight loss goals. That is another subject altogether. In researching this article, I came across a quote by Barbara Ehrenreich ~ ‘Exercise is the yuppie version of bulimia.’ How true! Exercise solely to lose weight can quickly degenerate into something like exercise bulimia, an ailment that uses aerobic exercise in an excessive amount that is detrimental to health. If your body aches and creaks from years of exercise abuse and overuse, it will catch up to you. You may be traveling down the road to permanent immobility and pain. Exercise bulimia is real. Exercise used as a way to eat anything you want, will catch up to you, I promise. Exercise addiction is like any other addiction. Eventually it becomes a destructive activity.
Moderate forms of aerobic exercise are great for the health of your body-mind-soul, because it raises your endorphins, those wonderful, feel-good hormones that give you a natural high. But exercise compulsion in it’s extreme form, tears down your health and destroys the balance of your body, mind and soul!
Our bodies need physical activities to stay healthy. But it cannot be healthy without healthy mind. Healthy emotional state. The only way to stay healthy is keep your mind body and soul in healthy harmony. Your health is not just trim body. The mind-body-soul trinity cannot be severed without consequences. I firmly believe that people who don’t fulfill and enjoy natural physical and mental activities and needs cannot be healthy. So enjoy your workout, smile, enjoy your food and drinks. Smile is good for you and all around you. Sex is good for you. Enjoy it. Life without joy is just an existence. An exercise without the smile.
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