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The next time someone tells you to ‘take a hike,’ you should smile and do exactly that.  Well, you should do it anyway because it will probably make you smile.  What?

It may or may not come as a surprise to you, but exercise and sustained, consistent movement unlock the powerful pharmacy of feel-good chemicals housed in your brain.  It’s an amazing tale that goes all the way back to the time when dinosaurs ate humans like cake over high tea.

You may remember the terms flight or fight, the instinctual reactions we all have to stress (cue the Jurassic Park theme song).  Even though we doll it up today with yoga mats and basketball shorts, exercise provokes the same reaction in our bodies. Even if it’s just for a few minutes a day, a little movin’ and groovin’ goes a long way toward boosting your mood and having you feeling pretty jazzed about life.

Our challenge to you is to move at least five minutes every day this month.  Why five minutes?  Because happiness is as much habit-making as anything else and five minutes a day helps sets a pattern.  In case you’re curious, twenty minutes of movement will get you some scientifically-proven results your inner Shelden Cooper can be proud of.  But, we’ll go more in-depth on this next week…stay tuned.

For those in the all-workout choir I’m preaching to (that is, those who regularly pump the irons), five minutes should be a piece of cake.  (Well, you can have your cake only after you move.)

For those of you staring death rays into your computer screen, I plead for your patience.  Actually, I’m on my knees begging you to give this whole exercise deal a test drive.  It doesn’t matter if you’re jogging in place, hiking up the side of a mountain or working out to a Richard Simmons video, try it out for five minutes.  Five minutes!  That’s 0.3% of the total minutes in a day.  You got this!

But if you’re running out of ideas on how to start, we’ve got just the fix.  Thrive is hosting an insanely fun, insanely popular (and FREE) noontime rave at the House of Blues this Monday, Oct. 6. Shake your tailfeather and shake out some stress–click here to register.

We also have an amazing evening of self-discovery at Cleveland Yoga on Oct. 10 through a unique combination of movement, images and conversation.  Curious about discovering your true self through this unique movement experience?  Click here to learn more!

Happy moving!

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