Mental Fatigue

by Tom McGuire
(Anchorage, Alaska)

During stressful work assignments and working long hours, I found myself making excuses that I was too tired to exercise when, in fact, I was just being lazy.

It wasn't long before the stress and weight gain caused other health problems that became chronic. After work it's easy to make excuses and just sit on the couch and watch TV.

I would consider this mental fatigue.

It took mental discipline and goal setting however, just taking the time to do thirty minutes to walk and stretch, three times a week is a huge benefit!

Also another good reason to exercise is for the care of certain injuries. Over the years I developed Carpel Tunnel Syndrome. It is imperative that I exercise for this condition in preparation for surgery.

During my career as an athlete I was injured on many occasions. Depending on your sport and the injury it is necessary to exercise for recovery in special programs.

It is also it is imperative to exercise for age. As we get older, it becomes more important to keep stretching and moving. It certainly will enhance longevity.

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Jan 03, 2012
Feeling lazy or fatigue
by: Anonymous

I felt I wrote this column to an extent. I also have a lot of stress at work. I would come home and sit and dwell over my day , felling depressed , like I didn't have a life. My waist got bigger and I got stiff, so I moved less. Reading Life with confidence I decided to change one day at a time. First, instead of going home , I drove to the beach or park , took a deep breath ,got out of my car, stretched and took a short walk. Just being out in fresh air made me mentally feel good. I am still working on my waist but I feel more relaxed , not stiff and better of my self.

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