About Me

I have been a teacher of fitness and health for thirty years. In 1989 I was certified for personal training with the National Acadamy of Sports Medicine. I had a gym in Santa Barbara for eight years. Co-owned and created a spinning bike company which manufactured bikes for five years. Also I have worked with nutrition companies for twenty years. Along with many wonderful non famous people I have trained many celebrities, and members of the Royal Family. My own athletic past consists of long distance running, long distance cycling, cross country skiing, down hill skiing, rollerblading, hiking, sand running, track work, and weight training. I have authored two fitness columns in local papers, and have been writing this blog since January 2010.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Feeling Good....Our Ultimate Goal

Isn't it our ultimate goal to feel good in life?  Whether it is about being successful, finding love, achieving a dream, or creating what ever it might be that fulfills us, the bottom line is, it is about feeling good.  We feel good when we accomplish something.  We feel good when we are successful  We feel good when we are in love.  Feeling good is always the prize we get when good things happen.

Being successful, accomplishing goals, finding love, or achieving a dream, are big ticket items that usually take time and effort to realize.  If we are wanting to feel good right now, in this moment, there are other things that we can do that are instantly felt when it comes to feeling good. 

Exercise is one of those things that we can do to instantly feel good.  When we push our bodies into an aerobic zone, we get the benefit of more oxygen to our cells, the release of sedative like endorphins that calm us and relax us, lower blood pressure, and a general over all sense of feeling "good".  It only takes thirty to sixty minutes to go from feeling tired, stressed, and wore out, to feeling good.  What a great deal that is!

Another thing that we can do to feel good is to eat natures foods, and stay away from processed foods.  Foods are just like drugs, they effect the way we feel and function.  Eating highly processed foods made of white flour, white sugar, high fat ingredients, can make you feel sluggish, moody, bloated, and tired.  Eating natures foods such as fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, nuts, legumes, and lean animal protein, will help you to feel energized and vital.  Natures food helps us to stay healthy, which allows us to feel good.

Choosing our thoughts can also be an important factor in feeling good.  If we are thinking fearful, worrisome, thoughts, we can not possibly feel good.  If we are thinking about a past that bothers us, or a future that scares us, we can not feel good.  However if we become conscious of our thoughts and think of a future that holds promise and a past that is no longer a factor, we can feel better.  

Our thoughts are a big part of how we are feeling.  If we are feeling bad, we need to check into how we are thinking.  If we are thinking about things that make us feel bad, we can change those thoughts to a better feeling thought.  

For instance; if you are going through a relationship breakup, you might be thinking that you may not find anyone else, or you might think that there is something wrong with you and that is why the relationship didn't last.  However you could change those thoughts to; now I have an opportunity to find someone who will make a better partner, and there is nothing wrong with me...we just weren't good together.  These thoughts are better feeling thoughts, and it is always your choice to "think" how you want, so why not choose the thoughts that feel good.

Another way to instantly feel good is to "uplift" someone else.  You can do this by being kind to others.  Whether it is to help someone, or simply in saying "hello" to a stranger, the result will be that you feel good.  The giver is always the biggest receiver when it comes to being kind and uplifting others.  Little things can give you a good feeling when it comes to being kind.  Opening the door for someone, letting someone go in front of you in line at the grocery store, helping an elderly person who needs assistance, or just a smile to brighten someones day.  In the end it all makes "you" feel good, and that is always the goal in life.

Feeling good is all we ever really want, no matter what we are doing.  Unfortunately we do a lot of things that negate feeling good.  If we are not exercising, we will not feel good.  If we eat bad foods on a daily bases, we will not feel good.  If we think negative thoughts, we will not feel good.  If we are selfish and don't extend ourselves to others, we will not feel good.  Feeling good requires us to be conscious of how we are choosing to think, feel, and react.

So if your motivation in life is to feel good, make sure you are following the above guidelines to a better feeling "you".  Feeling good is all up to You!

Wishing You Health and Happiness,

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