This week I showcase my friend and author, Sheri, who shares her ideas on happiness and fitness. Thanks for tuning in.
I’ve been hearing a lot about being happy lately. It reminds me of the song we used to sing in the late 80s, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin. There was something to that song — it took you away from the challenges in your life for a little while.
I started to think about how happiness affects our overall health. As I went through my training to become a Health and Wellness Coach, I realized that being fit does not always mean you are well. It’s interesting that most medical surveys ask if you’ve been depressed, but not if you are happy.
Emotional vitality — a sense of enthusiasm, hopefulness, engagement in life, and the ability to face life’s stresses with emotional balance — appears to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
Optimism can be a significant predictor of positive physical health outcomes related to mortality, survival, cardiovascular disease, immune function, cancer, outcomes related to pregnancy, physical symptoms and pain.
Being in a state of happiness can add 4-10 years to your life! Positive feelings broaden your horizons and build your social, physical and intellectual skills. Yes, my daily Kettlebell exercises push my body to the limit, but it is the combination of exercise and my daily thanks for what I am grateful for that get me through the day.
Fitness and happiness share important common ground. Both contribute significantly to overall health and both are lifelong processes that create lasting change.
• Make physical exercise a weekly and daily habit
• Are comfortable expressing gratitude
• Devote a great amount of time to nurturing and enjoying relationships
• Are often the first to offer help to others
• Are optimistic about their future
• Savor life’s pleasures and try to live in the present moment
• Are deeply committed to lifelong goals and ambitions
• Have stresses and even tragedies, but are able to cope in the face of challenges
So, even 25 years after Bobby McFerrin’s song was a hit, the advice still holds true — “Don’t Worry, Be Happy!”
Sheri Barnes is an Author, Speaker, Fitness Coach & Trainer. Her new book—MAMA KNOWS FITNESS: Bells, Balance & Your Body can help you find time in your life to exercise through a fast and effective exercise medium—KETTLEBELLS. Visit www.mamaknowsfitness.com or call 215.880.4704 for coaching, training or to schedule a speaking engagement.
~ Facts: IDEA Fitness Journal, June 2012, The Happiness Factor by Mary Mon