Exercise is very beneficial and provides valuable health benefits. It is widely acknowledged by medical professionals to be an important component to achieving a healthful and well-balanced lifestyle. With that being said, how come so few people integrate regular exercise into their daily lives?
The truth of the matter is that there are just so many excuses people can give for not exercising. But no matter how often you've repeated these excuses to ourselves, enough that you have begun believing them, you have tell yourself to break free from these excuses that hamper you from enjoying better health.
So, how does one effectively cope with these exercise excuses? Here are some things you can remember to counter those commonly used reasons not to exercise:
Exercise can be integrated into your daily life.
- Exercise excuse: "I don't have time to exercise."
You can reasonably integrate exercise into your daily routine. For example, instead of taking the elevator you can opt to take the stairs. Walk briskly through one entire floor at the mall. Stand up and do some five-minute stretching exercises at your office cubicle. The possibilities are endless. It's essential to remember that exercise doesn't exclusively mean having to go to the gym and tackling heavy sports equipment. It just means that you exert more energy and work out parts of your body more. And this you can do wherever you are and whenever it is convenient for you. So go ahead--while waiting for the copier to finish, do some squatting exercises. After a straight hour staring at your computer screen, take five minutes to do some jumping jacks. Do your exercise in small manageable chunks, and pretty soon you can visibly see a positive difference in your health.
Exercise can be enjoyable.
- Exercise excuse: "Exercise is too tedious and boring for me. I hate exercise."
Again, remember that exercise is not exclusive to aerobics or gym training (if you think these activities are boring). The good thing about exercise is that there are some activities that you love that include exercise. For example, do you love to swim? Then do 30 minutes of moderate swimming and burn around 140 calories. Other fun activities that would effectively burn a lot of calories include gardening, dancing, hiking, bicycling and playing with your kids.
Exercise gives you more energy.
- Exercise excuse: "I'm too tired to exercise."
Research states that exercise is able to melt away tiredness, since it strengthens your circulation. Gradually, your energy levels start to become higher and your heart becomes stronger so that you would be able to do more things without feeling tired easily. In the long run, therefore, exercise will make you able to accomplish many more activities than if you didn't keep in shape.
Exercise works gradually.
- Exercise excuse: "Exercise never works for me."
You may have attempted to lose weight through exercising before, but you were disappointed because you didn't seem to see any improvement. Just remember that exercise works gradually. In fact, it may take about three months of consistent exercise before you markedly begin to lose weight. Don't fret. In the meantime, just focus on getting the exercise down pat and making it a habit. After a while, exercise will be so integrated in your lifestyle that it's going to be easier and easier for you to do it. You'll be pleasantly surprised at the pounds you will drop later on. Plus, you can choose to concentrate also on the other benefits that exercise will offer--improved heart rate, better circulation, better strength, and so much more.
The key is to block out all the excuses that you might think of, and begin to exercise. Remember, no matter how many excuses there might be for not exercising, there are just as many reasons to start. Good luck!