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11 Dec

The Sherlock Award

My Inaugural Sherlock Award goes to Health Day News, as posted by the Poughkeepsie Journal. The Sherlock Award is given to the latest MOTO – Master of the Obvious. It’s for “breaking” health and fitness news that isn’t breaking anything except my patience. To be clear, the Sherlock Award isn’t about making fun of that news – the news is accurate. Rather, it’s about my puzzlement over reporting on things I thought were already part of the general knowledge bowl we call “Common Sense.”

This article reports that exercise can help treat depression, anxiety, insomnia, stress, Alzheimer’s, and a host of other mood imbalances, mental disorders and health problems.

It’s human nature to compare life now to life “in the good old days.” And in the good old days, it seems nobody had a shrink or took Prozac. This doesn’t mean people weren’t depressed or stressed out “back then”; nevertheless, if you believe the statistics (always a dicey proposition), a significant number of Americans have something really unpleasant going on upstairs, whether it’s trouble sleeping, dealing with stress, or feeling good about life.

Isn’t it obvious? Most of us sit in front of a computer all day. We go home and sit in front a television. It doesn’t take a genius to surmise that moving around might be something humans were meant to do. In fact, scientists know that exercise – even mild movement like walking or doing chores – releases dopamine, serotonin and all kinds of other wonderful enzymes, compounds and hormones into our bodies. Our brains are natural little medicine factories; many of the drugs created to treat issues like stress and depression or insomnia and anxiety mimic the very compounds our bodies are capable of making – when we move.

Read the article, savor their glorious triumph, and treat your body right today.

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  2. Exercise is good for you? I should watch the news more often! Always so informative…
    Tonight I just reaffirmed to myself how good exercise actually makes one feel. I’ve been fairly sedentary for a while now, getting up from the computer or tv only to do some minimal weights, jogging, or bodyweight exercises on occasion. I’ve also not been too happy for a while, and I think I’ve found the solution… less sitting around! From reading this site all week I’ve gotten motivated to be healthier. (I’ve been off grains for almost a week and feel fine by the way. Berries and bananas are my saviours when it comes to carb cravings.) After reading on this site that sprinting should be included in a workout regimen I decided to start doing it again (I had actually been considering this for some time and never entirely stopped, but certainly haven’t been doing any beneficial amount as I’ve been too lazy).
    So today, after years of very unhealthy habits (like laziness, daily energy drinks, carb stuffing, and lots.. and I mean lots, like you wouldn’t believe me if I told you how much lots.. of recreational drugs) with relatively healthy eating and a few other healthy habits mixed in to keep me in better shape than the average sedentary sugar slurper, I felt motivated to refresh my approach to fitness and after doing some low level cardio and weighted and bodyweight exercises sporadically throughout the day did an actual sprinting workout instead of a single or double short and useless sprint. My sprints were still kind of short tonight but I think the number of them allowed me to get some good exercise.
    I sprinted up my driveway, which starts off flat and then curves into a slope, and is about 50m long. I did one of the things Mark recommends, sprinting the distance, walking back the same distance, and then sprinting it again for a total of 8 times. I expected to be sore from barely doing any sprinting recently but I felt great! I only stopped because I didn’t want to strain myself too much so that I can do more sprinting tomorrow or the next day. During the sprints, even though I could feel them tiring me out, I felt a satisfaction and excitement that very few activities can rival. The excitement of moving fast actually counter-acts the fatigue fairly well. It was a great natural high. After the sprints I went inside, did a couple mini sets of knee-ups, and ate a tomato, feeling generally a bit better than normal, mentally and physically. Then right about the time I finished the tomato I felt giddy and all-around pleasurable, which slowly faded away in a few minutes, leaving me again feeling slightly, but substantially, better than I normally do. Endorphins and dopamine I guess. I need to sprint more often! No wonder kids love sprinting around so much. They’re all getting an opiate-like high from it (in an immediate, free healthy way)! I hadn’t done a sprinting workout in so long that I couldn’t remember the pleasure that accompanies them. Or maybe it was sprinting without relying on an extreme amount of blood sugar and drug-induced hormones for immediate energy. Either way, I’m going to be sprinting a lot more in the near future! I look forward to getting faster, healthier, and happier and believe that doing many sprints throughout a day would help me sleep better as well, since back about four years ago when I was playing football in school the practices were basically all repetitive sprinting and I rarely had trouble sleeping on those nights. If only this paradigm had happened to me sooner, like back then when I was still making mostly good choices (minus all the processed and sugary food that I thought was healthy).. better than late than never though.

    Tim wrote on February 3rd, 2011

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