Years ago, my grandmother’s doctor told her that she must lose weight. She asked him if he recommended any exercise for her to do. He said, “Yes, push yourself away from the kitchen table.” Good advice.
But I will continue exercising beyond the kitchen table. Along with overall weight control, I am certain that exercise improves my cognitive and my mental health.
For days I racked my brain to remember where I put some important papers. After a half an hour on an elliptical machine at the gym, I had a eureka moment and remembered where I hid the papers. The brain works better when the body moves.
If I shut myself in my reading nook for too long with no social interaction (an enticing proposition) I begin to fear for my mental health. I must get out to the gym or an exercise class to interact with people and move my body. Exercise improves my mood.
Moving away from the table and moving at the gym are all good. Now I’m waiting for the payoff of my exercises in futility.