Friday, May 19, 2017

One More Step

Often times the most difficult change for people to make when they're embarking on a journey of better health is the desire to move more. Once it's categorized as "exercise" people give pause. Why is that? Here is a list of the most common reasons, and ways to overcome them:

1. "I don't have time." - Sure you do! How much time do you spend on your computer, watching television, or looking at other screens? All of that time can be devoted to exercise even if you still insist on watching TV or being on the computer. Many exercises such as isometrics can be done while you're sitting! Check out Dave Hubbard's 90 Second Isometric Workout HERE.

2. "I'm too tired." - Guess what? Exercise actually increases your energy and stamina. You may be tired before you start, but once you get going your body releases endorphins and "feel good" hormones that last well beyond your workout. If you're a morning person, get started early, if you're more motivated at night, start after work or dinner.

3. "I can't get away from the kids." - Then, by all means, GO PLAY! Take everyone for a walk, fly a kite, play a game of basketball. Find a local area and go for a hike. Take everyone swimming. The kids will LOVE that you're spending time with them, and you'll be getting exercise without realizing it.

4. "Exercise is boring." - Yes, some exercise can be monotonous, but exercise is simply moving your body, so anything can work! Do you like to dance? Dancing doesn't have to be at a nightclub where you may feel self-conscious, you can dance in the privacy of your own home. When you park at the store, park further away than usual. If your office or appointment is on the second or third floor of a building, consider taking the stairs. Wear a pedometer and you'll be surprised how many extra steps you've taken!

Walk the dog, clean the house, do some gardening, take out the garbage - exercise doesn't have to seem like exercise when it's built into your day. Remember, every extra step you take each day is PROGRESS.

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