I know we've heard it a million times, but the truth remains: We can't change external events or circumstances (such as an aging body!), but we can control our attitude about them. Much research has been done about the mind-body connection, and how one influences the other.
From a fitness point of view, regular exercise can help improve our attitude. How can you be in a bad mood when you have just returned from a vigorous walk with your dog joyfully bounding along beside you? You've sweated a bit, got your heart rate up, your joints and muscles all feel better, you burned off 100 calories.....life is good!
Conversely, your attitude affects your physical state. Negativity impacts the immune system adversely, delays healing, and promotes disease. So even if you feel you are overweight and out of shape, start by adjusting your attitude to one of health and wellness - and go for a walk! Then compliment yourself on having done something good for your body and your mind.
In Southern Oregon, we are blessed to have many opportunities for recreation and outdoor activities. One of my favorites is www.bearcreekgreenway.com. You can also find lots more ideas at our web site www.oregonretirement.info.