Tip of the Week
What excuse keeps you from exercising? It’s amazing how these rationalizations invade our thoughts and hold us back. But it’s time to recognize excuses for what they really are … excuses! Now here’s what to do to lose ‘em:
Excuse 1: “I don’t have time to exercise”
We all have hectic lives and busy schedules, but you only have one body and it needs to be treated well! Ask yourself this: How much television do I watch? If you have time for a 30-minute show, you have time for a 30-minute sweat session. If you don’t have 30 consecutive minutes available, fit in three 10-minute bouts of physical activity.
Excuse 2: “Exercise is boring”
Nobody ever said the only way to exercise is to do something you dread. The exercise that burns the most calories is the one you like the best. Did you hear that running burns the most calories? Well, only if you like to run. Do what you enjoy doing: take a dance class, go for a bike ride, walk with a friend or pop in a fitness DVD. If you like it, you’ll keep doing it – and that’s how you burn the most calories.
Excuse 3: “I’m too overweight to exercise at the gym”
Many people are afraid to hit the gym because they’re worried they will be judged, either for exercise ability or body type. However, you’ll find people of all shapes, sizes, ages and fitness levels at most gyms. And remember, most other gym goers will be far too focused on their own bodies to pay any attention to someone else’s. If you are still wary about joining the gym, there are plenty of other options. Take a walk with a friend, bike with your kids or exercise in your own basement.
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