TOWN LAKE TRAIL MAP
As you all know exercise has not been my friend. I have shared with you recently that I have had the desire to walk more and do more. I guess as I am getting lighter and healthier, I want to get out more. Those feelings in conjunction with our ATX 100 group and the great weather have helped me want to move more and go further.
Then a couple of days ago another natural phenomenon came over me. I found myself really stressed out and without explanation or prompting I decided I am going to walk this out. So I changed clothes, tied on my walking shoes and drove into Austin so I could walk the Town Lake Trail. An hour and a half later I was sitting on a bench thinking that all the worries were somewhere behind me on the trail.
The location is a plus and it is worth the time to drive into town. Pushing myself helped clear my head and on top of that I felt better about myself.
So here is some of what the experts say about exercise…
· It improves blood flow to your brain, bringing additional sugars and oxygen that may be needed when you are thinking intensely.
· When you think hard, the neurons of your brain function more intensely. As they do this, they can build up toxic waste products that can cause foggy thinking (you may have experienced the feeling that your brain has "turned to cotton wool"). By exercising, you speed the flow of blood through your brain, moving these waste products faster.
· Exercise can cause release of chemicals called endorphins into your blood stream. These give you a feeling of happiness and positively affect your overall sense of well-being.
There is also good evidence that physically fit people have less extreme physiological responses when under pressure than those who are not. This means that fit people are more able to handle the long- term effects of stress, without suffering ill health or burnout.
Who knew endorphins…the one thing I didn’t try in the 60’s.
Happily Married to Michele and living in central Texas.