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Don’t Just Watch Sports—Turn Your Love into Exercise Habits and Optimism!

It’s football season, and a lot of us are spending quite a few hours sitting in front of our television set exercising only our thumb on our remote as we switch between games. When the legendary Oklahoma football coach Bud Wilkerson was asked if football was a good exercise, he replied, “No. In football, there are 22 people on the field in desperate need of rest. And there are 50,000 people in the stands in desperate need of exercise.” For your health and your sanity, you may want to invest your half-times in an exercise you can live with.

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In fact, if you want to maintain your own optimism advantage, there is no better way than taking time to do regular exercise and to enjoy life’s simple pleasures. Recently, I got to do both. I took a slow but fun run through a beautiful meadow at Lake Tahoe just outside of Stateline, Nevada. One of the great things about walking or running is that it can get you outside enjoying your surroundings. All you need are your feet and some comfortable shoes. If you’re feeling stressed by the days events and the negative news you are exposed to daily, take a break. A good walk will do wonders to clear your mind and help you find a more constructive perspective. If you add a little run or brisk walk, you will gradually improve your health habits as an added bonus.

Martin Luther used to say, “When you rest, you rust.” You wouldn’t want that. Bruce Jenner, former Olympic gold-medal winner in the decathlon reminds us that the only good exercise is one you will do. Cardiovascular fitness is all about consistency, not intensity. I’ve seen me run. I’m not winning any medals here, but that’s not why I run. I run for health at a speed I can do regularly.

One woman decided to start really small. She forced herself to at least put her jogging outfit on every day. When she did, she usually would do at least a short walk. Soon she was run walking…. Within a year, she was earning running t-shirts at 10k runs. Claiming the optimism advantage is about taking responsibility for your own positive attitude and your own health habits.

You’re probably not reading this post at a resort destination, but the message remains the same. Find a way to weave exercise into your daily routine. Try watching your next sporting event in your running outfit. As soon as halftime comes around, get out of your chair and take a vigorous walk or fun jog around your neighborhood. If you have a dog, take your pet along. Pets need exercise as much as we do. With the amount of games most sports enthusiasts watch, you could be in shape in no time!

Enough for your optimism tip for the day. Welcome to the challenge of making exercise a health habit you can live with…for a long time. Take time to record your comments and the exercise that works for you!

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