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Exercise and connections

Two for You — take two minutes to live and lead with intention

Episode 4.2

Creating connections and relationships is essential to successful leadership and a richer community life. Researchers are learning that exercise can help you invite and foster these relationships. This is another great reason to make time for exercise in your life. 

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[Lori] Hello and welcome to Two For You. So you may wonder what we're doing out here on snowshoes and how this pertains to you as a community leader. So you might already know or many of us know right, the physical benefits of exercising. It's good for our hearts. It's good for our lungs, all the kind of physical things that happening. But research is also really sharing how it's good for our mental health as well.

[Denise] Right, Kelly McGonigal writes about the benefits of exercise and what she notes is that one of the benefits you have when you exercise is that you have the release of endocannabinoids. It's a fun word. But what it does it basically mellows you out and by mellowing you out and reducing your stress level it opens you up to more relationships and better connections with others.

[Lori] Yeah, so this month when you're feeling stressed and you're like you know I don't really know about, I don't like feel like going for it, I you know I don't want to go for that long run or go for a snowshoe. Get out there give it a try and add a friend. Right, so it makes us feel more connected and can increase our overall well-being.

[Denise] This month, go for it. Create that trust, the belonging, the connection. Do it with a friend.


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Authors: Lori Rothstein, Extension educator, leadership and civic engagement; Denise Stromme, former Extension educator

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