Animals Love Exercise… Why Don’t We?

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 pm — Filed under:

I’ve been thinking a lot about keeping my mind fresh and active and I’ve found that exercise is one of those things that keep me “bubbly.” It looks like Kathy Sierra has noticed the same:

Her weblog concentrates on teaching me how to write a weblog that people will love. What it has to do with exercise, I don’t know, but this article was very helpful to me.

Want to be a little smarter? Have a better memory? Stay mentally sharp? Improve higher brain function? Run. Those who exercise have a mental advantage over those who don’t.

Every day when I take my dog for a walk or play with the horses, I watch them tear around and think, “Why do I have to force myself to do what they do because they love it?”

Sometimes we think too hard about exercise. Next time you go outside for a run, try running like a crazy maniac. It’s what my dog does everytime I remove his leash at the dog park. There is something about just letting loose and running full speed that is so fun and invigorating. Somehow, it gets lost when we grow up.


4 Responses to “Animals Love Exercise… Why Don’t We?”

  1. VH Melville Says:

    I have to reward myself for exercise so that I get some enjoyment from it. I might not be a frolicking puppy but this has been working for me.

  2. rheanna Says:

    I keep trying to remind myself that I actually feel high AFTER I’ve exercised. This at least gets me to the gym. I haven’t actually gotten to the point of being able to look forward to frolicking BEFORE I go out, or to actually notice how good I feel DURING exercise. Maybe someday. But you’re right — animals enjoy the moment, and at the moment they’re frolicking (I can picture horses and dogs as you write about them).

  3. Braidwood Says:

    You know, I love NIA and it’s partly because the workout is focused on pleasure and not punishment. I think if you move for the pleasure of moving, it can be awesome.

  4. J Says:

    Most young kids love exercise too, as long as you don’t call it that! Recess anyone?


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