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Mark Gorkin, LICSWMark Gorkin, LICSW
A Blog about reducing Stress in our lives.

Stress Resiliency and Brain Agility through Sleep-Priorities-Passion-Empathy-Exercise-Diet Part V

Mark Gorkin, LCSW ("The Stress Doc") Updated: Feb 27th 2015

This is a "diversity in unity" poem: each letter of the SPEED acronym has a somewhat different poetic style and structure yet provides a united pathway for stress resiliency and brain agility (for kids of all ages). If you missed the previous ones, you can check out the first one here (with links to the rest being added as a new one is published).

E is for Exercise

It's so hard to exercise
Let me count the reasons why:

It's too cold, it's too hot
A video would hit the spot!

After school I'm really beat
A killer game…now that's sweet.

After all that classroom crap
Please…don't give the same old rap!

Exercise, exercise
Off the couch and pump those thighs.
Exercise, exercise
Enough with those eyebrows and sighs.

"I'll 'Play 20,'" then I'll scram…
I'd rather shoot an Instagram.

Exercise may float your boat
I'd rather steer our cool remote.

Hey, all that time on the phone
My fingers ran a marathon.

Sure I love to perspire:
"Liar, liar pants on fire!"

"All the kids are outside"…
Mickey D's a good place to hide.

Exercise, exercise
Don't crawl the mall for "good" buys
Exercise, exercise
Forget those greasy fries (or guys).

I have homework, so much to do
What do you mean, "That's something new!"

I know it's what I should want
Guess I'm just so darn defiant. ;-)

Kids and teens who'd rather squawk
Do they ever walk their talk?

Guess this kind - north and south
Much prefer to run their mouth.

Of course I'm playing, some pointed fun
With those who do anything but run.

Exercise, exercise
Not just for macho gals and guys
Exercise, exercise
Take a stroll under blue skies
Exercise, exercise
Lose your mind as time flies
Exercise, exercise
You'll become more lean and wise.

Exercise: The Reasons Why
Pretty Basic: Do or Die!
(Rants and Rages for All Ages)

We don't need another treatise
"Why the Cause of Diabetes."
Or bestow more authority
On the crisis of obesity.
So too the "vox" vascular
Becoming much too popular.
What is the family history
On cardio-respiratory?
Exercise in abstentia
Not the way to fight dementia.
Sure it's all just one big joke
Until that bolt called mini-stroke!

Don't need to be an "Iron Man"
To stop being an also-ran.
Even if a chronic slacker
Just go designate a nagger.
(But remember…a "designated nagger" -
That person who will nag for free
Just may nag with excess glee!)

When discipline's beyond control
First set a daily walking goal.
No need to feel just like a dud
Go find yourself a walking bud.
Create a start-to-stopping point
If sense of order's out of joint.
30 minutes non-stop spin
A natural kick of endorphin.
Who needs the marijuana scene…
Turn on your own dopamine.
"Runner's high" or "runner's calm?"
Who cares…life's no more one big alarm!
So a quest for real endurance
Boosts all kinds of "live performance."
Exercise adds both zest and zoom
To home, work-life, and the classroom!

Closing Confession:

When it comes to exercise
I don't always take the prize.
But of this I must confess…
I do like feeling virtuous!


Mark Gorkin, LCSW (

Mark Gorkin, the Stress Doc ™, acclaimed Keynote and Kickoff Speaker, Webinar Presenter, Retreat Leader and Motivational Humorist, is the author of Practice Safe Stress and The Four Faces of Anger. A former Stress & Violence Prevention consultant for the US Postal Service, the Doc leads highly interactive, innovative and inspiring programs for corporations and government agencies, including the US Military, on stress resiliency/burnout prevention through humor, change and conflict management, generational communication, and 3 "R" -- Responsible, Resilient & Risk-Taking -- leadership-partnership team building. Email for his popular free newsletter & info on speaking programs. Check out his popular website -- -- called a "workplace resource" by National Public Radio (NPR). Stress Doc Mantra: "Think out of the box, perform outside the curve (the Bell Curve) and be out-rage-ous!"

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