Tonight I was feeling wishy-washy about working out. I was hungry and tired and cranky. But when I thought about being out there walking with music, sweating and breathing I knew it would make me feel better, so I went. I went a different way tonight so it was a shorter, 2.5 mile walk but with hills. I did feel better. Still kind of crabby, but better physically.
So tonight I had to pull the whole mind-over-matter trick out of my bag, and it worked. It's not like I torched hundreds of calories and will get a fitness model physique from cardio, but what it does for my mind is magic. And it can't hurt my heart either. I saw a cardiologist say (on the movie Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 2) that a half hour of exercise daily can help prevent clogged arteries from getting worse and and hour of exercise daily can REVERSE blockage. How amazing is that?! I thought once plaque was there it was a ticking time bomb. My dad had 5 arteries opened (surgically) less than a year ago heart disease is the main cause of death in my mom's side of the family. I will never discount cardio for that reason.
Tonight I am going to get some more psoas stretches done and do some meditation to help improve my mood. Hopefully I'll be back to my cheerful self in the morning.