April 30th, 2008

London Biker

Exercise, depression, and health

Great article in the New York Times today about the benefits of exercise. Check this out:

  • People with chronic health problems can improve their health and quality of life by learning
    how to exercise safely.

  • Regular moderate exercise increases your ability to battle the effects of disease.

  • A good workout [helps] people suffering from depression. Mastering a new skill increases their sense of worth, social contact improves mood, and the endorphins released during exercise improve well-being. "It does not matter how severe the depression — exercise works equally well for people with moderate or severe depression."

    Here's a motivating and useful quote: "She urged trainers who work with people with chronic ailments to start slowly with easily achievable goals, build gradually on each accomplishment and focus on functional gains. Over time, a sense of accomplishment, better sleep, less pain and enhanced satisfaction with life can become further reasons to pursue physical activity."

    Remember, exercise is not a mean thing the anti-fat people came up with to torture you because you are not pretty: it something you should do because it's good for you. Separate it from the competitions of yore (always losing, feeling uncoordinated, and being picked last made me think of PE as my special torture time) and think about it as something you do with your body for yourself. If you are suffering from depression, make yourself exercise regularly, and just start today. It does, REALLY, help.
  • Game

    Games denied!

    Well, I got a games shopping list together, and somehow I've managed to hit on the very hot and very unavailable games du jour. Through the Desert, Samurai, Agricola, Caylus, Brass - forget about it! All of the sites I looked at were sold out.

    If anyone out there has any ideas of online retailers selling these games, I'd be very grateful.