Did you know that we replace up to 98% of the atoms within the body once a year. Only a few of the major heart cells and brain cells stay the same from birth. Not a single cell that was in your body twenty years ago is the same as it is today. You change your skin once a month, your liver is replaced every six weeks, the brain cells that you think with, the carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen and oxygen molecules are not there anymore.

Even the DNA molecules are not the same as they were three to four months ago. All of the atoms and molecules that make you who you are have to come from somewhere. The source of these particles is obviously your food, drink and the air you breathe.

The Power of Thought

Our thoughts and actions also have a profound influence on how all of these happiness atoms and molecules are organised. The happier you are and the more love you have, the healthier these molecules become. You tend to eat better, exercise more and do the things you really love when you are happy. On the other hand, when you are sad, stressed or angry, you tend to make worse lifestyle choices, eat more junk, drink more alcohol, smoke and even feel too lazy for exercise.

If you are stressed you may also over exert yourself by trying too hard to be healthy. You may spend hours in the gym and starve yourself thinking this is doing you good. This in turn will harm you and make you more stressed.

Build Your Exercise Routine 

If you can build some solid foundations for your health by eating good and exercising the right way, it will be easier for your body to cope under pressure and manage stress which are some of the main reasons for feeling unhappy. The best way to build a regular exercise routine is to exercise around the same time each day. Choose a workout activity that you actually enjoy and will look forward to. There is no set exercise plan for everyone, as age, diet, free time, genetics etc all play a part in selecting what is best for each individual.

While starting a new workout plan may seem daunting, once you get into the habit of working out and notice the positive changes in your mind and body, you will find it hard to go back to skipping out on exercise. If you can start by working out 20-30 minutes a day, then you can build your workout time to one hour or more.

If you don’t have the time or money for a gym membership then you can look home workoutinto downloading free exercise routines on Youtube, or purchase exercise DVDs and exercise at home. Add variety to your routine to train new muscle groups each week. Drawing up an exercise plan will help you keep track of your progress. Remember that rest time is vital as it allows your muscles to repair. Again there is no set recovery time for everyone, learning to listen to your body is the best advice.

Resources: Rest and overtraining www.bodybuilding.com/fun/behar2.htm

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