Wellness Wednesday: What does it take to exercise ?

Gina at the summit of the " Dish"  run at Stanford, after her 20th reunion. http://web.stanford.edu/group/runningclub/Runs/Dish.htm

Gina at the summit of the " Dish"  run at Stanford, after her 20th reunion. http://web.stanford.edu/group/runningclub/Runs/Dish.htm

There is a great deal one could say about exercise. However, talking or writing about exercise is only useful if it leads to people actually doing it. So, since I am committing the Wednesday column to the topic of exercise, I decided to reach out and ask about your interests and needs on the subject of exercise. I would like to tailor the column to meet these needs. Here is a link to a short survey that will be fun and illuminating to take. 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6K8MQP6

Gina with Zumba Royalty Acea Theroux Zes and Nancy Mehring   

Gina with Zumba Royalty Acea Theroux Zes and Nancy Mehring 

 

I have really decided to give exercise some serious focus because I really feel it is at the center of optimal mental and physical health. If you have mediocre exercise and excellent nutrition you are probably moderately healthy. However if you have mediocre nutrition and excellent exercise you are probably very healthy. Plus, good nutrition seems to follow in the wake of good exercise, but not as much the other way around. And of course, the worst attitude can be fixed better by a good workout than a good meal.

I realize there are serious and challenging obstacles to exercise, from money to peer support to childcare challenges, injury, chronic illness, social culture, motivation, depression and more. But I would like to explore and deconstruct these and look for solutions. 

I am hoping this survey and its results will help pin some of these reasons down and help us solve them. 

Next Wednesday I will post the results, and add a few thoughts of my own from over twenty years in medical practice and over 40 years exercising regularly. 

Many thanks, Dr. Gina