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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Common Reasons Why We Don’t Exercise

Common reasons why we don’t exercise

“I don’t have enough time to exercise.” 

Even short, low-impact intervals of exercise can act as a powerful tool to supercharge your health. If you can make time for a 15-minute walk with the dog, your body will thank you in many ways. If time is tight, you can multitask by exercising while watching TV or chatting on the phone, for example.

“Exercise is too difficult and painful.” 

Consider “no pain, no gain” the old fashioned way of thinking about exercise. Exercise doesn’t have to hurt to be incredibly effective. You don’t have to push yourself to the limit to get results. You can build your strength and fitness by walking, swimming, even playing golf, gardening, or cleaning the house.

“I’m too tired to exercise.” 

Regular exercise is a powerful pick-me-up that can significantly reduce fatigue and make you feel much more energetic. If you’re feeling tired, try taking a brisk walk or dancing to your favorite music and see how much better you feel afterwards.

“I’m too old to start exercising,” “I'm too fat,” or “My health isn’t good enough.” 

It’s never too late to start building your strength and physical fitness, even if you’re a senior or a self-confessed couch potato who has never exercised before. And exercise is a proven treatment for many diseases—from diabetes to arthritis. Very few health or weight problems make exercise out of the question, so talk to your doctor about a safe routine for you.

“I’m not athletic.” 

Do you hide your head when the tennis ball approaches? Are you stumped at the difference between a foul ball and a free throw? Join the ranks. Don’t worry if you’re not sporty or ultra-coordinated. Instead, find an activity like walking, jogging, or yoga that makes you feel good to be in your body.

“Exercise is boring.” 

Sure, pounding on a treadmill for an hour may not be everyone’s idea of a good time. But not all exercise has to be boring; just about everyone can find a physical activity they enjoy. Try playing ping-pong (table tennis) or activity-based video games with your kids. So-called “exergames” that are played standing up and moving around—simulating dancing, skateboarding, soccer, or tennis, for example—can burn at least as many calories as walking on a treadmill; some substantially more. Once you build up your confidence, try getting away from the TV screen and playing the real thing outside. Or use a smartphone app to keep your workouts fun and interesting—some immerse you in interactive stories to keep you motivated, such as running from hordes of zombies!

“I can never stick with an exercise routine long enough to reap the benefits.” 

It’s true, the longer you stick to a consistent exercise schedule, the better you’ll feel.  But remember, when it comes to exercise, a little is always better than nothing. If you exercise for 30 minutes now, you’ll feel better today. On average, it takes about 4 weeks for an activity to become habit, so commit to an exercise schedule for that long. Finding activities you enjoy will make that much easier, as will working out with friends either in person or remotely using fitness apps that let you track and compare your progress with each other.

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