No More Excuses: Ways to Overcome Barriers to Regular Exercise


 
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Finding excuses not to exercise is easy. The September issue of Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource offers ways to overcome common barriers with some creativity, flexibility and a different mindset. Here's a sample:

Excuse: I don't have time to exercise.

  * Schedule exercise in your day as you would an appointment. If you wait to find time, it probably won't happen.

* Turn off the TV. Free up time by watching one less program.

Think activity rather than exercise: mow the lawn, climb the stairs or park farther from your destination.

Excuse: I'm too old.

* It's never too late to start. Even moderate physical activity, such as walking or raking leaves, can help prevent or delay age-associated conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.

Excuse: I'm too tired to exercise.

* Realize that exercising increases energy. You may be tired because you're not exercising or not getting enough sleep. Go to bed earlier.

* Be prepared. Have workout clothes ready on top of the dresser. Keep a bottle of water in the refrigerator. Simple shortcuts may make it easier to see plans through.

* Make lunchtime count. Keep a pair of walking shoes at your desk and take a brisk walk during your lunch break.

Excuse: I'm self-conscious about how I look when I exercise.

* Others probably feel the same way. Remind yourself what a great favor you are doing for your health.

* Go solo at first. As you become healthier and more at ease, you may feel confident enough to exercise with others.

Excuse: I'm not overweight, so I don't need to exercise.

* Being thin doesn't necessarily mean you're fit. Although a healthy weight is important, it's also important to get regular exercise.

Excuse: I can't exercise because I have a chronic health condition.

* This is valid only if your doctor has told you not to exercise. Physical exercise can help manage symptoms of many chronic conditions.

 

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