Health, Fitness and Personal Energy for Seniors

Energy Bite 61 – What Does Feeling Good . . . Feel Like?

If I were to ask one hundred people what it means to feel good, I would probably get two hundred different answers. So this article is a series of questions, without many answers. It’s meant to get you to think about what it means to “feel good”. If you’ll take a few moments after reading this to answer the questions in your own mind and in your own words, the article will have served you well.

What does it feel like to feel good? I asked that question because when we talk about exercise we say it feels good or it makes you feel good. What do I mean by that?

Does feeling good mean free from discomfort? Does it mean being totally functional as opposed to being physically limited? Is there a difference between feeling good and feeling good about something? Is feeling good an emotional experience, or is it physical, or both? Is it a one time “experience”, or is it a long term overall general feeling? Is it a feeling of satisfaction or is it . . . what?

All these are great questions. How would someone answer them. That’s the purpose of the blog article – to get people thinking about what it is like to feel good. Is it a feeling of energy, or is it a feeling of contentment?

How do you feel about feeling good? Believe it or not, some people don’t like feeling good. They would rather have something to complain about and have people feel sorry for them.

I sometimes say, “If my gut feels good, I feel good.” What do I really mean by that? It’s a physical feeling that is most noticeable when my gut doesn’t feel good.  In my own case, because I do a lot of “floor and core” movements when I exercise, my gut usually feels pretty good.  Even when I lose my willpower and abuse my stomach with an occasional fast food “treat”, I recover from that fast food “hangover” in my stomach fairly quickly.

Sometimes feeling tired is a good feeling. Sometimes feeling tired is bad. It depends on the circumstances, doesn’t it?

What kind of feeling good does exercise and good eating habits bring to you? Will you improve your life and lifestyle? Will you improve your ability to move the way you want to move, or will you limit yourself through lack of exercise and poor eating habits? Does exercise sharpen your mind, or does it dull it? Does the kind of exercise make a difference in how you feel?

As I strive to answer the question for myself, I either will be closer to the meaning, or will be farther away. I will at least have explored the topic and given it some real thought. It’s a question that each person should ponder and answer for themselves and the answer you come up with may be totally different than what you originally thought.

In most cases there are no right answers. Some of the questions are purely rhetorical. Take some time and answer them for yourself. You may be surprised at your answers.

Thank you for reading.







Energy Bite 60 – What is Your Attitude about Fitness, Really?

It all starts with the way you’re thinking. Repeat that: It all starts with the way your thinking. How do you think about your own health and fitness? Do you have the personal energy you want to get you through each day with vim and vigor? Do you have plenty of energy for more atContinue Reading

Energy Bite 59 – What do Seniors Fear?

What are the greatest fears, concerns and wants of seniors as we age? Is it the fear of dying? I don’t think so. Here are the most common fears other than financial fears that most seniors seem to have. #1: Dying with our song still in us: Perhaps we do fear dying “with our song stillContinue Reading

Energy Bite 58 – In Praise of a Small Band of Professionals

Most of my readers are aware that I recently had open heart surgery to replace an aortic valve. That was five months and one day ago on June 2nd. Yesterday morning was the final session of a 12 week, 36 session cardiac-rehab program at INOVA Fairfax Hospital, in Fairfax, Virginia, just outside of Washington, DC. Continue Reading

Energy Bite 57 – Join the Fitness Bandwagon

You’re an active senior, but like most seniors, you don’t particularly want to spend a lot of time exercising.  And you probably don’t want to spend the time and energy and uncertainty of trying to stick with one of the many fad diets you are bombarded with. If you’re like most active seniors, you want to liveContinue Reading

Energy Bite 56 – Drawing Energy from People and Groups

There are people who can fill a space with light and there are people who can drain the light before it has a chance to shine. Have you ever noticed how some people radiate positive energy? Others don’t. In fact some seem to dim a room with negative energy.  Who do you prefer being inContinue Reading

Energy Bite 55 – Energy Drink

There are tons of energy drinks on the market. The most popular is, of course, Red Bull. This is a Health, Fitness and Personal Energy blog and not a critic’s corner so I won’t write about the pros or cons of any of the “so called” energy drinks out there. But at my workshops andContinue Reading

Energy Bite 54 – Preaching to the Choir

I interrupt my new series because this message popped into my mind and I wanted to get it down and in a blog post before I lost the thought into wherever it is that senior’s thoughts go when they don’t stay on top of them. This post is a result of something I heard duringContinue Reading

Energy Bite 53 – The Energizing Power of Gratitude

This is the first in a short series on the things that energize us in life. Gratitude is a nearly “universal” topic and is one of the most important energizing characteristics we can adopt, so I’ll start the series with it. Zig Ziglar, the late motivational speaker and Baptist Preacher used to emphasis that aContinue Reading

Energy Bite 52 – Origins of Healthful Thinking

Most of us like to eat meat. After all we are omnivores by nature; we have the teeth for it. But a lot of people don’t eat meat for any variety of reasons. Many are vegetarians, many are vegans, many are lacto-vegetarians/vegans. Some won’t eat meat but will eat cheese and drink milk. Some willContinue Reading