The recent news about the death – and apparent suicide – of actor and comedian Robin Williams has brought to light a lot of discussion about depression.
I’ve written before about the mind-body connection, and it seems an appropriate time to talk about it again.
Simply put, improving your physical health can have many benefits to your mood, feelings about yourself and your outlook on life.
Eating well and staying fit have improved my mood and attitudes since beginning my fitness journey five years ago.
Here’s what I’ve found:
While many people like to work out at night, I like to start my morning with a good run or workout. The blast of endorphins I get helps me get through my day. Even if I am physically tired, I always feel mentally alert after a good run.
Eating well will help give your body the fuel it needs to feel strong. Being fit will help your endurance to get through a busy day. And getting a good night of sleep is critical to helping your body – and mind – recover from the hectic days we all face.
But more often than not, fitness enthusiasts are generally positive, supportive people. Being around such great people has helped the way I look at life and the world. Their positive energy is infectious.
Jon Olsen update
Modesto ultramarathoner Jon Olsen is at it again. Olsen, a math teacher at Prescott Junior High School, won the International Association of Ultrarunners 24-Hour World Championships last year.
Now he’s representing the U.S. at the Spartathlon in Greece, a 153-mile run from Athens to Sparta. The event will be held in late September.
According to the race’s website, “the Spartathlon revives the footsteps of Pheidippides, an ancient Athenian long-distance runner who, in 490 BC, before the battle of Marathon, was sent to Sparta to seek help in the war between the Greeks and the Persians.”
The Bee will keep you updated on how Olsen does.