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Exercise Tips - February 2013

Four exercise excuses

...and how to overcome them

We’ve all heard of the benefits that come from exercising regularly. People who are physically active are healthier, feel happier and have more energy. But when it comes to getting out there and exercising, many of us have a long list of excuses for why we can’t. How can you conquer your excuses and get moving? Here are four of the most common excuses and ways to beat them.

  1. I’m too busy. The U.S. Surgeon General recommends at least 150 minutes of aerobic activity a week. This may seem like a lot, but it’s actually not much more than 20 minutes a day. Start looking at your schedule to see where you can fit this initial 20 minutes. Maybe you can jog in place while watching TV. Better yet, try turning off the TV and using that time for exercising.
  2. I’m too tired. Physical activity is often linked with exhaustion. However, being physically active releases endorphins into your body, leaving you feeling energized. Instead of focusing on how tired you feel before you exercise, focus instead on the energized feeling you will get after your workout.
  3. It’s too hot/cold. Have a backup plan ready for those days when the weather isn’t cooperating. This might mean that you need to broaden your exercise regimen to incorporate activities, like Pilates or yoga, that can be moved indoors. Many times fitness programs like these even have DVDs and videos that you can watch and follow along with at home.
  4. I hate going to the gym. You don’t have to go to a gym to get exercise. Find an activity you love and incorporate it into your exercise routine. For example, if you love music, join a dance or cycle class set to music. Or if you enjoy reading, get some audio books and listen while you take a walk.

You can set exercise goals and establish a daily calorie budget with Lose It! Stay on track each day by recording your food and exercise, and staying within your budget.

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