The virtues of accidental exercise

Your Moodnudges post as usual, but with an important request for help towards the end.

But first, just in case you think I don’t eat my own dogfood (although what a horrid thought that is, in a literal sense) last Sunday, Alex and I set off for a picnic, inspired in part by my post of May 20th.

We piled tasty food into a backpack, then set off for a hike in the redwoods about 15 minutes from home.


As I forecast in the post, the meal itself was sublime, sitting in the dappled shade of a little tree at the top of a hilly meadow, itself at the highpoint of the five mile trail.

All in all it was around three hours before we were back at the car, tummies replete and – almost unintentionally – bodies well-exercised.

In fact it was Alex who, as we made our way back to base, pointed out that we’d ended up getting “accidental exercise” and that this was in fact A Good Thing.

Now I don’t know about you, but I’m not the type of person who would sign up for a gym membership.

Nothing against this of course if it’s your sort of thing, but it’s just not mine.

Like most though, I thoroughly enjoy the blissful sensation of resting after giving my muscles are good honest workout.

Runners will know what I’m talking about: that chemical rush which follows a period of exertion.

Why should athletes have all the fun, though?

Getting exercise, particularly if it’s outdoors, can be a tremendous way of lifting your mood and perhaps you’ll be able to think of your own “accidental” ways to get it?

Meeting a friend for a walk can feel great.

Gardening could be another thought.

A spot of strenuous housework can do it, even though that’ll be indoors.

Just like hiding disguised carrots in a child’s meals so they get to eat their veggies, there’s a lot to be said for some camouflaged calisthenics.

Before we go, one more thing please.

You may know that we recently ran a survey asking about ways others can help if you feel low.

We found out what helps. But what about the kind of “help” that doesn’t actually help at all?

Will you be good enough to answer a few other questions? It doesn’t make a difference whether or not you completed the first questionnaire. Please make sure your voice is heard:

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