EXCUSES, excuses, we all have them at some point. "I haven’t got time", "I haven’t got any equipment", "its raining" to name but a few!
BUT it is really important to try and find some time in our day to be physically active. Being active has major health benefits; from improving our cardiovascular and muscular fitness to bone health, reducing the risk of coronary heart disease and diabetes to name just a few. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity per week, plus strength/resistance training sessions twice a week for healthy adults.
So what's your excuse?
I HAVEN'T GOT TIME
Are you sure? Have you sat and watched TV for half an hour, read a book for 15 minutes or been on the Internet for a while? Maybe the real excuse is "I don't want to make time"? Either way it is one of the biggest excuses I hear. 1 hour of our day is only 4% of it… surely you can find 30 minutes to do some exercise, that's just 2% of our day. Think of how much fitter you will feel and of all the health benefits – you might even enjoy it!
IT'S BORING or I CAN'T MOTIVATE MYSELF
If you find something you like doing you are halfway there and are more likely to stick with it. If you don’t enjoy being stuck in a gym then go to a park to train or get a friend involved, you are less likely to ditch the session if you have committed to meet someone else. Maybe there was a sport at school you loved, eg. netball or rugby? Have a look in your local area and see if there are any adult groups that meet up to play. Don't sit there and procrastinate about it JUST DO IT!
THE GYM INTIMIDATES ME
Understandable if you aren’t sure what you are doing or have never trained in a gym before. Most gyms have Fitness Professionals that will work with you as part of your membership. They will introduce you to the weight machines and give you a programme to follow. Once you’ve been a few times it will feel like a second home, you might even meet some new friends.
I HAVE TO LOOK AFTER MY KIDS
Great take them with you. Too many kids these days sit in front of the TV or their computers for hours on end. Head to the local park, throw a ball around, play tag or make up some games (check out the internet), you get a work out and so do they, and you probably have a good laugh.
These are just a few of the excuses I hear, there are plenty more!!! They say it takes 21 days to form a new habit so what are you waiting for get up get moving and in a few weeks you'll wander what all your excuses were for!
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