“I have never been a natural athlete. I admire those who are. I canвЂ™t run a quarter mile without getting a stitch in my side. My natural state is curled up on the couch with a book and a cup of coffee. Unfortunately, when I give in to my natural state all the time, I feel lousy, and IвЂ™m not alone. As we learn more and more about integrated mind/body health its become apparent that avoiding regular, rigorous physical activity can exasperate anxiety, depression and a host of physical problems. HereвЂ™s a ” of the benefits of regular exercise.
Fortunately, there are some forms of activity that IвЂ™ve found that I genuinely enjoy. ThereвЂ™s yoga, the first form of exercise where I understood what runners talk about when they talk about вЂњrunnerвЂ™s high.вЂќ I like “yoga, though thereвЂ™s a style for everyone. In the Portland area, thereвЂ™s a yoga studio everywhere you look. IвЂ™m partial to “, a donation only yoga studio in Falmouth. They have a wide variety of classes, wonderful teachers and a truly noncompetitive atmosphere-the way a yoga studio should be.
IвЂ™m also a big fan of “, which is essentially aerobics in disguise with really great music. The Zumba classes that IвЂ™ve attended in Portland are fun, just the right amount of challenging and very body positive. ” has affordable Zumba classes everyday. ” is a dancer and d.j. who teaches Zumba through Portland Adult Ed. SheвЂ™s fabulous.
For some non-vigorous, but very fun activity, check out ” (pictured above) and “.