Move your body on most days. Doing so will help you avoid the exercise roller coaster. When you exercise, your brain increases the output of feel-good chemicals like dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin, and adrenaline. These chemicals stay elevated in your brain for about twenty-four hours…longer than most mood drugs last. Working out regularly provides a steady stimulus to your muscles and mind, resulting in continued physical strength and mental well-being. On the other hand, if you work out Monday and don’t do anything on Tuesday, by the time Wednesday rolls around you could be in a full-frontal funk because those feel good feelings are now gone.

The “cure” to the ups and downs of the exercise roller coaster is to move your body five to seven times a week to keep these chemicals naturally elevated. This may seem like a lot to take on, but trust me, you can do it. You may have specific goals when you start a program such as looking better, fitting into certain clothes, wanting the numbers on the scale to go down, etc. But, you may end up sticking with it because of the way it makes you feel. When you move your body, you heal your mind.

About the Author

Christopher Kazda is a Certified Personal Trainer and a Chiropractic Technician at New Beginnings Chiropractic, 1861 Business Hwy 18/151, Mount Horeb, WI 53572. He is available Monday through Saturday to help you reach your fitness goals.

Please call 715-302-2153 or 608-437-9990, email at, or visit, for more information or to schedule an appointment.