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Monday, April 9, 2007

It is easier to find an excuse than to find a reason.


What are the two best times to start an exercise program? Six months ago and right now. If you've been at it for six months, congratulations, you should be seeing some benefits for all of your hard work. If you aren't seeing results, it is definitely time to re-evaluate what you are doing and figure out why you are not making progress. In the beginning of an exercise program, almost any consistent exercise will create results, but no matter how good of a program you do, no program works forever. As your body adapts to the workload, you need to change things up to continue making progress. Don't continue a program that isn't working...change it up. Talk to your friendly, neighborhood fitness coordinator for suggestions on what to change in order to continue your progress. If you haven't yet started a program, there is no better time than right now. You say you can't. Let me guess...

You don't have the time

Here's a little secret, life isn't going to stop and wait for you to start an exercise program. Work will continue, children will need to be taken to soccer practice, the weather will always be beyond your control, grocery shopping and housekeeping won't ever end. Yet even with everything going on, we somehow make time to do the things that we deem important. It's all about priorities. Take a shower. Check. Brush teeth. Check. Get the kids to school. Check. Your health should be that important. According to A.C. Nielsen, the average American watches television for 4 hours per day. Resolve to watch one less Seinfeld rerun and go out for a walk. No one else can do it for you. Stop making excuses, and really, deep down, you know they are just excuses. Make your health a priority...TODAY!

You don't have the energy

There is a common misconception that a little exercise is going to take what spare energy you have, burn it fruitlessly, leaving you a pale, lifeless, shell of your former self. Not quite. In fact, exercise gives you energy. By moving and getting your blood flowing, you metabolism increases and stays at a higher level for hours after you are finished, leaving you feeling refreshed, vital, primed to devour PSRs. It is the lack of exercise which causes lethargy and an overall feeling of listlessness. Stop the cycle and get moving.

You don't have the money to join a gym

Who says you need to be a member of a gym to go for a walk, take a hike, or ride a bike? Have kids? Take them to a playground and play with them. Be a kid again...run, jump, climb, crawl, hop.

You are just not an "exercise" person

Yeah, me either. I used to think I was too smart to exercise. I wasn't going to waste my time doing something that worthless. Not having been an "exercise person", I didn't see the benefit. (Warning! Graphic content!) This happened->. Not a pretty sight...and you know what, I was wrong. I was too set in my ways to consider that the choices I was making resulted in that photo. The flip side of that is by doing something different, I could get a different result. I consider my time spent exercising an investment in feeling good, lower overall stress levels, and looking good. And like any investment, you can't expect an immediate return. It takes at least 4 weeks of consistent exercise to start seeing and feeling the benefits, so give yourself some time.

Remember... "If you always do what you always done, you'll always get what you always got."

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