The 85-year-old widow I look after now has arthritis. She is constantly complaining.
For a time, she had two therapists working with her. Both of them had the goal of getting her to move – be active.
When their contracts expired, so did her exercising.
Now, when I take her anywhere, she shuffles her feet and complains about the pain. “WALK, DON’T SHUFFLE,” I plead. She complies – as long as I am around.
I know her body would be thankful if she moved more, and a new article in EXPERIENCE LIFE explains that her MOOD would get better as well – THE SAME DAY!
“Increasing your level of physical activity, even just a little, can improve your overall life satisfaction — and it can do so almost immediately.
“Increasing your level of physical activity, even just a little, can improve your overall life satisfaction — and it can do so almost immediately, according to a recent study in the American Psychological Association’s journal Health Psychology.
“When participants were more active, they reported a greater sense of well-being that same evening.
“The mood-changing effects of exercise are well established. Previous research has shown that working out releases feel-good neurotransmitters called endorphins. Exercise also boosts self-confidence and dampens anxiety.
“The key . . . is to just move.”