Become an Addict

Woman eating fruitNow let me start off by saying that I’m not talking about becoming an addict who gets hooked on painkillers, that would just really mess up your life. I’m talking about addiction in a good way, a healthy way. Being addicted to the runner’s “high”, the release of endorphins that takes place during physical activity. Did you know that endorphins work as “natural pain relievers.” How about that. So I don’t need to be popping pills to make me feel better? I can just exercise? Bingo! Exercise is its own magic pill.

Exercising and eating right decreases your cholesterol levels, helps to prevent heart disease, osteoporosis, adult-onset diabetes, high blood pressure, and can also improve mental functioning which can help those suffering from depression. They also help to improve your mood. Don’t you find that on your way home from the gym you feel about a thousand times better than when you were heading to the gym? That’s not just a coincidence and that’s what I want you to become addicted to. Being able to realize a noticeable difference in your behavior after working out is going to give you the evidence you need to realize, “Hey, I feel really good, I have so much more energy now, I’m going to keep this up!” I’ll find myself singing along with the radio on my way home after a really good workout and making dinner is much more enjoyable, it doesn’t feel like a chore. And did I mention some of the benefits of working out? Oh yes, at the top of this paragraph. Maybe you’ll want to read those over again if you’re still thinking that you don’t have enough time in a day to fit in working out. Because if you think you don’t have time now, I’m guessing you’ll have time later in life to deal with all those awful illnesses and chronic issues.

Don’t wait until something pops up in your life that requires you to take action, like high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels. Start exercising now so you can prevent those things from happening. And I’m telling you, you’ll become addicted to the wonderful sense of well-being you’ll feel for doing so!

Anne Marie Costanzo is a nationally certified personal trainer and owner of Little Black Dress Personal Training. She can be reached at or (914) 841-1121.

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