Move your body is one of the Daily Twelve Emotional Fitness Training Exercises.  Some studies show that the right exercises does more for a person than Prozac.

This was from a report by the American Public Health Association about the benefits of exercising.  As if we didn’t know. Be sure to read the last line.

This picture provided  good advice and I hope you got the  little laugh. Both are part of the Daily Twelve Emotional Fitness Training Exercises..


I am more couch potato or perhaps  that should be computer stiff.

I do try to follow my advice and do the exercises as directed.  Which is why when balance problems emerged with age, I invested in an adult tri-cycle.

Me moving my Body on my trik. I get lots of waves and laughs.  Love it. 

However, true confessions Move Your Body is  the one exercise in the Daily Twelve that I struggle with.  Even though once I get on it and get out there, I love riding my trik or doing water aerobics.  So I have had to develop a number of different strategies in order to Move My Body on most days.  Here are some tips that are based on my personal strategies:

Tip one: Get up out of your chair and do a full body stretch at least once an hour.

Tip two: Get up during TV commercials or after a telephone call,  and do a little war dance.  Even short bursts of high intensity activity add to your health and emotional health.

Tip three:  As the APHA poster suggests, walk a dog.  Don’t have a dog?  Many shelters need volunteers to walk their dogs.  That is we found our Wonderful Whisper – Hubby was walking dogs at our local shelter when we were between dogs, and he didn’t think he wanted to get another.  Whisper changed his mind. We lost her this time last year and now have Punky the Pup who should be now renamed Punky the Teen. I could not be without a dog long.  I mourn Whisper, but Punky keeps me walking and laughing.

Whisper swimming  on our way to our new home in the west.

Whisper loved to swim. This was taken during our move to Colorado from the Bronx. We drove down the Atlantic coast and headed along the Gulf of Mexico and then up the Santa Fe Trail to Denver.

And not to short change the Punk. We rescued Punky from shelter life. We were told his name was Pumpkin, but Punky fits him best. Whisper was a perfect lady. Punky is  an adolescent eager to defy.

Tip four: If you have not learned all of EFT’s Daily Twelve Exercises, do so and start incorporating them into your life.  You can down load them by clicking here.


Life is a struggle staying strong emotionally and psychically takes effort, but pays great dividends.


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DISCLAIMER ONE: EMOTIONAL FITNESS TRAINING IS NOT THERAPY  Even the most learned researchers and therapists quarrel. Take their advice and mine carefully. Don’t just listen to your heart, but also think; don’t just think, listen to your heart. Heart and head working together increase the odds you will find useful advice amid all the promises and hopes pushed at you by others. As others have noted, take what seems useful, leave the rest.

DISCLAIMER TWO: FORGIVE MY GRAMMATICAL ERRORS  If you need perfect posts, you will not find them here. I will understand if you don’t follow, like or share my blog. Not only am I dealing with an aging brain, but all of my life I have been plagued by dysgraphia–a learning disability. If you hang in with me, thank you.

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  1. I prefer reading a book to exercising myself. But I know how important it is to move yoru body. We have cats. Ever tried to walk a cat? Here is what I do and it works (for me) I live 10 minutes from a very nice, quiet beach. I walk to the beach and along the beach for about 30 minutes. Then i find a nice log, pull out my book and read for 20 – 30 minutes, then walk back. There, I got an hour of walking, fresh air and a good read. And I feel so much better. I love your tri-cycle and your dogs!

    • The one thing I miss about Colorado is being far from the ocean. I can walk to a lovely park in about ten minutes, and then walk around it a few times. I think taking a puzzle along with me would work better than a book. I am a bit of a puzzle freak. I even have a gym right in the complex, and there are fantastic hiking trails all around. I am just weak willed, any excuse keeps me from doing what I know I will love doing and feel better doing. The Punk works best because he will not be denied.

      Thank you again for commenting.

  2. Yes walking the dog, my Tibetan Spaniel Lotte, is a great way to exercise. It’s also a good way to find new places to walk. Yesterday we rambled along some new paths high above our city in the sunshine. When I sat and looked at the view of our lovely harbour I thanked the universe that we were safe and sound and thought of all those suffering the aftermath of the storm. My love goes out to them all.

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