There’s an old saying that goes

“May you live in interesting times.”

It would be hard to argue against our currently living through very interesting times. Regardless of your political or religious beliefs, things are very, very interesting all over the world.

During these troubled times, many people are finding it hard to focus on their lives or themselves. The onslaught of news can leave you feeling unmoored, lost, powerless.

But, fear not! There are still some aspects of life over which you are in charge.

Here’s a list of 50 things you can control right now, and a lot of them are about your personal health and well-being, two things that concern me as a personal trainer and you (since you’re reading this).

  • How many times you smile today.
  • The type of food you eat.
  • How much exercise you get.
  • Whether or not you plan for the weather.
  • How much you enjoy the things you have right now.
  • How deeply you breathe when you experience stress.
  • Which commitments you keep and cancel.
  • How much rest you get at night.

Another reason to have hope:

The weather in Paris is finally turning! There were actual glimpses of blue sky over The City of Light this past week and more is in the forecast! Get out there and enjoy it. Burn those sad winter cobwebs from your mind, get some Vitamin D and start thinking about all the fun activities you can do this spring!

If you’re not convinced by the holistic approach to feeling better physically and mentally, let me hit you with some science!

“Moderate exercise (60 % of heart rate reserve)” in people between 50 and 64 increases short-term memory function. If you’re not in that age group, imagine how much greater the impact would be on your life!

In college-age people, a study of students who also adopted a modest exercise regimen – basically going from doing none at all to mild activity – “reported a decrease in stress, smoking, alcohol and caffeine consumption, an increase in healthy eating and maintenance of household chores, and better spending and study habits.” That means that almost every aspect of their lives improved just by moving a little bit each week.

When you think about exercising with these things in mind, there’s no downside.

So, get moving! The streets of Paris are waiting for you to walk all over them!


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