I think exercise should be required. Not by the government since I'm a good old republican who thinks the government shouldn't tell me what to do about stuff like that, but required by yourself.
There are soo many analogies for it I could bore you. Most of them revolve around exercise and church. The more you exercise you can't imagine not doing it, but if you stop, it never sounds appealing to start back up. I have started and stopped and started again so many times, usually pregnancy induced. Most of them I dream up while sweating my buns hopefully off. not really, but smaller would be great.
But the craziest trick with exercise, which I would like someone to try and disprove cause its a solid theory....is the more you work out, the more you actually DON'T care how much you weigh. or what you look like. Cause you just feel good. and strong. pretty good payoffs i think.
Two weeks seems to be the magic number. Takes two weeks to notice how good you feel and about two weeks to get back out of shape if you stop. sick huh.... it doesn't stick...much like other things I've thought about (like reading your scriptures and saying your prayers...no I can't get out of the church analogies there are millions of them).
Key trick number one is workout buddy. My workout buddies always turn into my closest friends (if they weren't already)....cause the only thing getting me out of bed at 5 a.m. is knowing someone is showing up on my door. I think I've finally capable of getting out of bed myself, but it sure helps.
I think its about as healthy for your mental state as it is for your body. Cause I feel like my body has always been about the same, just my view of it has changed over the years...okay, and some pounds as well, but really mostly how I feel about it. I've usually been a runner since running outside is always free.
I almost cried today cause my kids stayed at the gym play place for an hour while I stayed there. (Yesterday it was just ten minutes) Worth every penny towards my mental health.