I just returned from the conference in Connecticut-it was a whirlwind weekend, jam-packed with lectures and workshops, which left very little time for exercise, or sleep for that matter. I have to share something that happened to me and I think it has probably happened to you also. On Saturday, I was so exhausted that I did not exercise, and all day I was bothered by that. Deep inside me, in my gut, was a feeling┬áthat I could have exercised, if I had made a better effort. Logic (my brain) told me that I was too tired, or busy, or a thousand other reasons, but in my gut I knew I should have at least done 10 minutes of exercise. I think that for most of us our brain fools us and gets in the way of our true needs, which is dictated by our gut. You know, those butterflies that you get when you’re nervous, or when you get a gut feeling about something-those are our true feelings, our real compass. Have you ever said to yourself “why didn’t I listen to myself”? Our feelings deep inside are our true feelings, and sometimes we listen to our head instead. I know I am rambling but the point I want to get across is that we need to listen to our real feelings, our gut feelings, to listen to our inner compass. Those feelings never do you wrong. Think about it the next time you want to make an excuse not to exercise.

Stay well, John R. Blilie, M.S.