Saturday, November 23, 2013

Roger Simon's Secret to Good Mental and Physical Health

Having reached the grand old age of 70, Roger Simon shares his secret to good health a good mental attitude.

By his testimony, it’s exercise. For our purposes and for our interest, he remarks that exercise works better than therapy. Apparently, he has had enough therapy to know:


Now I’m religious about staying in shape. I exercise six days a week, sometimes seven. Often I exercise more than once a day. In fact, the days I don’t exercise, I am frequently depressed. I’m probably addicted to exercise at this point. At least I hope I am because I want to be addicted. I just love those endorphins and the rest of the goodies that get released — serotonin, dopamine, etc. Exercise is a complete mood alterer for me. It beats therapy by a mile — trust me, I’ve done enough to know — and it’s a helluva lot cheaper. (No, you’re not going to see a selfie. I’m not running for mayor of New York — or Toronto.)

4 comments:

Kath said...

Everyday exercise has been disappearing from our lives. People used to get workouts just doing housework.
This has been brought home to me as we bought a very old house. With modern appliances it is still harder to clean than a new condo or such. It provides a lot of exercise. I can imagine what it was like a hundred fifty years ago with no plumbing or electricity.
Perhaps work and chores in the past made people tired and provided endorphins so they didn't get depressed as often.

Stuart Schneiderman said...

Very interesting thought... and I imagine that the same applies to much manual labor.

Charles A Pennison said...

Articles From PsychCentral

Exercise Can Ease Depression, But More Research Is Needed

"Exercise was as effective as psychological therapy or taking antidepressants, although these findings were based on only a few, small, low quality trials."

Exercise Can Ward Off Depression

"Ph.D. candidate George Mammen at the University of Toronto analyzed more than 26 years’ worth of research findings to discover that even low levels of physical activity (walking and gardening for 20-30 minutes a day) can ward off depression in people of all age groups."

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