**This is week #6 of my series on a year of black and white photos where I pick a photo each week and write about its significance.
In the late 1980s, there was an ad campaign for milk that went, "Milk, it does a body good."
Today, I present to you, "Exercise: it does MORE than a body good."
For me, exercise is a healthy mix of cardio and lifting light weights (I'm 50 and have no desire to bulk up!). While the physical benefits of improved health by feeling and looking better are near the top of my list of reasons I work out, the number one reason is this:
My mental health.
When I work out I'm in a more positive mood overall. I find writing ideas come much easier, and I'm more creative. Since I have more energy, I'm happier and seek to do more. I'm more social. I enjoy being around people and have more patience. I'm a better listener. I'm more engaged.
"Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity." - John F. Kennedy
It's a cyclical situation. When we exercise, we get both physical and mental benefits. They feed off each other. The more we move, the more we want to move. We want to keep it going.
While I know many people are not into resolutions, the beginning of the new year is a great time to make a commitment to physical and mental health. You owe it to yourself. As Jim Rohn once said:
"Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live."
We need to do a better job of treating the body like the temple it is. And I can't think of a better time to start than now.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.