Exercise: Moving Past Excuses

Exercise! We know it is good for us but sometimes excuses can get in the way. Walking brings increased energy, better cardiovascular health and reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke.  According to the American Heart Association, 80% of American’s do not make exercise a regular habit.

Here are some ideas to get moving:

Find An Exercise You Enjoy
Walking with friends, family members or neighbors, running with a buddy, zumba, join a kick ball team, find a way to connect with others who share your goals, lifestyles, schedules and hobbies.

Make It A Habit
It takes time to create a habit, so give yourself the opportunity to develop a regular routine. Set reminders on your phone, write it on the family calendar or send yourself an invitation to exercise so it reserves time on your phone calendar.

Customize Your Plan
If 30 minutes seems like it is too long, break it up into three 10 minute segments and work your way up.
Maybe you want to walk 30 minutes a day, so you measure 15 minutes one way, 15 minutes back. By the time you know it, you will have accomplished your 30 minutes. Find music or a podcast you enjoy and listen to it while you exercise.

Don’t Give Up
Getting started can be the hardest part or maybe for you it’s being consistent. Whatever you do, don’t give up before you start, don’t give up after you have started. Set a reachable goal each day, then each week, then each month. Work up to 30 minutes and increase your time as you get in better shape.