Overcome Excuses for Getting Active and Healthy

What’s keeping you from working out? Is it because of too little time, not enough energy, or just hating to exercise? This week at Synergy we are looking into Reasons/Excuses People Don’t Exercise and How to Overcome Them! The fact is, everyone needs at least 150 minutes of physical activity each week for optimum health. [1] Even splitting the time into three 10-minute chunks of moderate-intensity activity a day provides benefits. [2] Here are some reasons people don’t exercise:

1. Not Enough Time
Between work and children, school and homework, exercise is hard to fit in – but not impossible. Take the stairs when you can, walk on your lunch hour or park in the space farthest from the store. Better yet, walk to the store. Walk to pick up your children from school and run around with your dog in the backyard.

2. I’m Too Tired
Working out actually gives you more energy. Your body makes feel-good hormones (endorphins), and you’re getting the circulation going.

3. Don’t Get a Break From the Kids
Take the kids with you. While they’re playing, you can walk around the playground or jump rope nearby. Go biking with your kids, put up a badminton net in your yard, sign up as a family for “fun runs,” or just walk around the neighborhood with your children. When the weather’s bad, try active video games like “Wii Sport” and “Wii Fit.”

4. Exercise is Boring
Find an activity you love. Try inline skating, dancing, or gardening. Join a sports league. Or go dancing. There’s an exercise for everyone.

5. No Motivation
If you think you have no reason to exercise, you won’t be motivated. Educate yourself on why lifelong exercise is important to your health and well-being, even if you are already slim and in good health.

6. Current Physical Condition
Perhaps you’re obese, you’ve had a heart attack, or you feel that you’re too old to exercise. You may have to check with your doctor first, but almost everyone is able to perform some sort of physical activity regardless of size, age or condition.

7. Lack of Results
When you don’t see the results you think you should, you may become dispirited and unmotivated. But keep moving. Exercise changes your body more than you realize. It reduces blood pressure, increases endurance and strength, and protects against some chronic diseases. Even without visible results, you are doing your body good. [1], [2].

…And More! Click the links to read more about how to overcome these excuses for getting active and healthy!
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[1] http://www.webmd.com/…/the-top-6-exercise-excuses-and-how-t…

[2] http://www.livestrong.com/…/370670-ten-reasons-people-do-n…/