Why Exercise Helps Reduce Criminal Activity
July 6th, 2011
While perhaps not the most convincing legal argument in the history of the world, our girl Elle was on to something with her exercise-as-crime-reducer insight. Three sessions into my Zumba adventure and I am hooked. Why? Because it makes me feel awesome.
Well, when it’s not making me feel uncoordinated, asthmatic, and clammy.
As I’m starting to learn the steps, the clumsiness is slowly beginning to abate, allowing me to enjoy the exercise-derived endorphins more. There really is something totally exhilarating about exercise. You hear about a “runner’s high” and I can remember a similar sensation during really intense tennis matches when I was in college.
I wasn’t in any danger of going on a mad rampage and dispatching my husband (fear not, babe), but the zany merry-go-round of parenting-working-wifeing can definitely make one a bit tense. Going out for an hour to do Zumba is good for my soul. It’s an hour that’s about me. Not mom-me or spouse-me. Just me.
And in the midst of the stomping and wheezing and sweating, I feel pretty great.
And also, watching Miss Mouse march (or rather, shuffle) into the room wearing my tennis shoes to announce “I go to Zumba with you, Mommy” was one of the highlights of my week.