Use Fitness to Fight the Blues

Maruchy Lachance is president of Running Ninja!, a lifestyle brand for runners by runners. Running Ninja! offers a wide variety of apparel and gifts for runners to keep you happy and inspired while you’re on the run.

We are living during some difficult times. Our nation is in financial flux. Unemployment and foreclosures are affecting us directly or someone we know. It’s during these times that we are prone to using comfort food and isolation to cope, but now is the time to realize that we must be fit to fight!

The reality is that life is in a constant state of change and evolution and it’s for this very reason that we should not allow good or bad times dictate our commitment to the one constant in our life that we should protect: our health and fitness.

One of the reasons we are terribly stressed during these uncertain times is that we feel as if we have no control over what is happening. Exercise will release endorphins in our bodies that help improve our outlook while also giving us a sense of control and purpose as we take responsibility for our health and fitness.

My mother has lived through her share of good and bad times and the best advice she has instilled in me is that no matter what you are going through make an effort to act and live beyond your situation or your pain. It’s no wonder that at 88, widowed, and being the last sibling standing out of 11, she still laces up and walks twice a day. She used to walk for an hour a day, but when her knees began to hurt her, rather than retreat, she now takes two 30 minutes walks.

My friend Jodi has also been a wonderful example by refusing to let a breast cancer diagnosis, followed by a double mastectomy, chemo and radiation derail her fitness. The busy mother of two still makes time to go to the gym and watch what she eats. Like my mother, she understands that once the dark times are over, she will still have her body and health to sustain her.

Remember, tough times don’t last, but tough people do. Stay healthy and fit so you can fight!

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