Have you exercised today? Are you planning on it? If your answer is “No”, why not? What’s your excuse?
I’m Too Tired
Did you know that being sedentary actually makes you more tired and that getting active, even just doing something for 10 minutes, gives you energy? I call exercise Vitamin X and one of the most sure-fire ways to boost your mood and your energy. Any form of exercise will do – from yoga and walking to spinning and Zumba.
It Costs too Much
The most basic exercise – walking – is free. It won’t cost you a dime. Just put on you tennis shoes and get outside. Other free or low-cost exercises include checking-out a workout DVD from the public library, attending classes at your local Y or community center, or even trying out the local gym with a free 1-week pass. The nice thing about gyms right now is that they’re willing to negotiate their normal rates to get you to join. If you have more to spend, then look at investing in a Bosu ball, Stability ball, free weights, kettle balls, treadmill, elliptical machine, or spinning bike.
I’m too Uncoordinated
If you feel like you have two left feet, then taking a class might not be for you. But if you really want to learn the moves, you can always rent a DVD and practice at home or ask the class instructor at the gym to work with you outside of the class to give you some pointers so you can go to the class with a little more confidence.
I Don’t Have the Time
Really? Do you have time to watch TV? Do you have time to lay around and read? Do you have time to go to the mall? Then you have time to exercise. How about combining activities – walk on the treadmill (or elliptical or bike) while watching your favorite TV show. No equipment? How about marching in place or side to side during the show and doing push-ups, squats, lunges, and triceps dips during the commercials?
Exercise is Boring
Who says you have to do something you don’t like to do? If you don’t like running, then don’t run. Hate the water, then don’t swim. Do you like to dance? Then try one of the many dance classes out there. How about walking? Hiking? Roller-blading? Go to the park and play like a kid on the monkey bars. Do something, anything, that gets your body in motion and puts a smile on your face. If all else fails, grab a friend and use the time to walk and talk and gossip. You’ll be amazed at how much fun you’ll have!
Unless you have an injury to both your upper and lower body or your doctor has told you you must absolutely, positively stay immobile, then you can still do something. When I had a stress fracture in my foot, I focused on weight training, biking, and using the cycle ergometer (a bicycle for the hands). If you have an upper body injury, you can still walk, sit on a bike and pedal, and weight-train your legs.
I Have no Motivation
Changing your behavior requires two things – the belief that you can change, and the the belief that changing is worth it. What will you gain by working out? Improved health – lower blood pressure, improved blood sugar, reduced blood cholesterol, weight loss, better sleep, more energy – shall I go on? How will you feel when you reach your goals? Successful, confident, happy, improved self-esteem. Isn’t that worth it?