This morning I woke up at 3am to get my run in before heading on the 25 minute drive to the gym. As I was beginning my early day I broke a coffee cup, spilling coffee all over the counter. I also stepped on my wiener dog’s bone and my foot hurt for a few minutes. These were things that traditionally would have led to me having a “bad day” and finding things throughout the day to support me having a bad day. I would have also not gone on a run and would have started to plan how I would have comforted myself throughout the day. I easily would have justified eating poorly, smoking, and drinking. When faced with events in life that are not so favorable, I still have a quick thought of returning to the comfort of unhealthy decisions because that was my “autopilot” behavior for years. But then I went out for my run. I know that my self-talk is and how I justify unhealthy behaviors is something I can control and change.  I also know the “energy that I give to things,” rumination, or obsess about is something I can control and change as well. On my run I focused on having a good run despite the spilt coffee and dog bone contusion. As I progressed on the run I began to focus on how awesome my life is despite my best efforts to destroy myself in my 20’s and 30’s. I do not run real fast but am thankful I can run. The weather is cooling down which is awesome for us here in the Phoenix area. There are so many things happening great in my life that my run became a way to see that and to create the beginning of an excellent day.

Evidence to Support This!

The all or nothing approach to negative life events is not healthy. It leads to situational depression, anxiety, and “bad days.” I used to say things like, “Why do bad things always happen to me” and “it is going to be a bad day.” But it is not true and led me to justify poor health choices. I now know the effect on the brain and body of both good and bad health choices. I know that cardiovascular exercise will trigger a neurotransmitter effect that will help stimulate the reward centers of my brain and body which will make me feel better. I know that focusing on the good and being thankful will help to stimulate the pleasure centers of the brain and body and make me feel better. There is countless amounts of evidence to support this. The way we see things can have either a positive effect on the brain and body or a negative one. The way we treat our body with physical exercise and nutritious foods is shown to have a positive effect on depression, ADHD, anxiety, and bad days. We all have events in life that are not so fun. It is important for our health to not turn it into an all or nothing “bad day.” Exercise and focus on the good in your life and the body will respond with a great day. Use every day to BE YOUR OWN MIRACLE!

Miracles of Phoenix Fitness Owner Coe Kirby combines evidence based behavioral health research with 12+ years as a personal trainer to provide the most extensive lifestyle modification program for mental and physical wellbeing in America. He has helped hundreds of people overcome self-defeating behaviors and achieve goals of all levels. His unique style and skill set as a personal trainer and life coach make him comfortable to be open with while pursuing the growth or change you desire. Knowing that each individual is different with where they are in the change process, he guides the client on a journey of self-discovery that helps the individual learn his or her own method to success while giving strong support and proven tools to assist them. His two books, Your Health is Your Wealth: Working Out the Inner Self For a Fit Outer Self and Rebuilding Your Temple From the Inside Out have helped people from all walks of life learn how to create healthier lifestyles for themselves and their families. Both books are available through http://www.miraclesofphoenixfitness.com.  Good luck on your health journey!

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