My Day Filled with Gratitude

Starting Thanksgiving Day with hot yoga.  With the sunrise coming through the windows, a beautiful silhouette appeared above the mirrors on the wall in the studio.
Starting Thanksgiving Day with hot yoga. The sunrise coming through the windows created a beautiful silhouette that appeared above the mirrors on the wall in the studio.
Starting Thanksgiving Day off right with a great friend at hot yoga.  Felt great to sweat :)
My sole sister and me ready for some hot yoga. Felt great to sweat 🙂
Lunch with the family (Great Grandma and my twin nieces)
Lunch with the family (Great Grandma and my twin nieces)
Afternoon walk on the neighborhood golf course with the Iron Hippie and the two dogs (their silhouettes are blurred together).
Afternoon walk on the neighborhood golf course with the Iron Hippie and the two dogs (their silhouettes are blurred together).
The Iron Hippie and Deb making Holiday Pretzels
The Iron Hippie and Deb making Holiday Pretzels
Holiday Pretzels are made!!
Holiday Pretzels are made!!
Jeff, Deb, the Iron Hippie and me making a fleece blanket on Thanksgiving evening.
Jeff, Deb, the Iron Hippie and me making a fleece blanket on Thanksgiving evening.
Deb and the Iron Hippie cutting fabric for one of the fleece blankets we made Thanksgiving evening.
Deb and the Iron Hippie cutting fabric for one of the fleece blankets we made.
The Iron Hippie and I tying up some of the edges of one of the fleece blankets we made Thanksgiving evening.
The Iron Hippie and I tying up some of the edges of one of the fleece blankets we made.
Three finished fleece blankets made Thanksgiving evening
Three finished warm and cozy fleece blankets

Hibernation vs. Exercise

With the changing of the clocks due to Daylight Savings this weekend, it gets me thinking about the time of year when some people have more problems finding motivation and symptoms of depression spike…due to fewer daylight hours, the anticipation of winter, confinement during the colder weather, the stresses of the Holidays, midterm exams, too many hours at work, deadlines at work, financial stresses, etc.  When the symptoms of depression start to rear their ugly heads, some people hibernate.

Working out helps combat symptoms of depression.  When I swim, bike, run, strength train, sweat, push my body to its limits and beyond…the endorphins kick in and I am happy 🙂  I feel better about myself, my mood is 100 % better than when I started and life is great after a workout!!

Many of us race so we can experience that “race high” at the start of the race when the gun goes off, the adrenalin kicks in and we get to enjoy what we have been training so hard for.  We also experience that “race high” at the finish line knowing we have pushed our bodies to their limits on that day, overcome challenges, conquered another goal, completed another journey in our journey of life…Oh, the euphoria!!

exercise antidepressantWhen we get into a slump, it is easy to just hibernate and let the emotions take over, but the best thing we can do for our mind, body and soul is to exercise.  What choice will you make…hibernation OR exercise????