Gratitude Week: Fitness helps when things go a little nuts.

Nuts. Those really happen sometimes.

These are nuts. Macadamia nuts, to be specific. And yes, that is a hint. Full travel report coming soon. (Image courtesy of SOMMAI at FreeDigitalPhotos.net)
These are nuts. Macadamia nuts, to be specific. And yes, that is a hint. Full travel report coming soon. (Image courtesy of SOMMAI at FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Short post today as we’re on the move: Just enough time to mention a second fitness gratitude during this Thanksgiving week. Moving often, being fit, doing the best we can to fit exercise in at least once every 48 hours of our life keeps our heads in gear. There’s a reason I write often about the science behind fitness and health – what really happens, at the cellular level, when we change our bodies through fitness and good nutrition and good rest and good living.

It makes our brains work better. It makes us more resilient. It makes us more patient.

For some of us, this is a “nuts” kind of a week. Families converging on us for the holiday week (or not)…lots of personalities…lots of opportunities for things to go a little bit nuts.

What I’m finding is that by taking time to exercise (yes, even on Thanksgiving), everything else just goes better. Things get a little more Zen. A little calmer. We’ve pushed our bodies, so our minds – counterintuitively – respond by calming down. It’s kind of cool.

(Looking for an activity on Thanksgiving, by the way? Do an Internet search for your local Turkey Trot. You’re sure to find a short race you can walk or run before your holiday meal. And the silly turkey hats that show up that day are awesome.)

Now get out there and get your workout on. Even when things go a little nuts.

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