Do You Need Some Oil in Your Rusty Mind?

“Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigour of the mind.”  Leonardo da Vinci

Ever have those days when you’ve been very busy at work, the day disappears, and you realise you haven’t done any exercise?  I know that happens to me more often than I would like and I become sluggish and slow.  There’s nothing like even a quick walk around the block to get the blood pumping to everywhere in the body, including the mind.  I find I can then tackle some chores I may have been putting off because my mind plays games with me.  But of course it isn’t just the mind that benefits from even some gentle exercise.

But as my 94 year old father is often saying, “moderation in everything.”  We can cause a stress response in our bodies and minds with too much exercise just as we can with doing too much work or eating too much food that isn’t healthy.  A session of yoga, or stretching the muscles, may be all the exercise you need.  Sitting glued to a computer screen with no breaks or stretching is depriving the blood vessels of the massaging effect that takes place when we move our muscles.   Anything that encourages the blood to flow will supply the brain with much needed nutrients to help it think clearly.

Enjoy having regular exercise!   Robyn

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