According to the American Heart Organization, adults should enjoy at least 150 minutes of exercise each week.
How many of us are really living up to that recommendation?
At best guess, a majority. You don’t need to be disheartened by that, though. It isn’t too late for you to get started.
Right now, you might think 150 minutes of exercise each week sounds like an impossible task, but the first step is to get off the couch and get moving!
Luckily, we have some suggestions to help you bust those excuses and get going.
I'm Too Busy To Exercise
Hey, we get it! Life is busy, often chaotic. However, take a look at your to-do list right now – it’s long and likely filled with unimportant tasks.
It’s time to prioritize your health and schedule in your exercise.
Put it in your planner just like you would a doctor’s appointment. Yes, there might be days where you really struggle to work it in, on those days schedule a shorter activity.
I'm Too Tired
Aren’t we all? There’s nothing worse than feeling low-energy, but exercise will actually provide you with a welcome boost of energy.
So, if you’re too tired… a work out will change that. If you’re truly fatigued because you’re going through a rough time, just start off with a low-intensity workout and see how you go.
You may soon realize you have more in the tank than you thought. It’s okay to start slow and build up to a higher intensity if you’re not sure how you’re feeling.
I'm Too Broke
You don’t have to cough up for a gym membership to exercise. While it’s nice to have the equipment and facilities at your disposable, it’s perfectly acceptable to do your own thing.
You can speed walk anywhere. You can also pick up cheap equipment to use in your home.
For example, a cheap pair of furniture mover sliders will only set you back around $10, but you can use them for lunges and mountain climbers ab exercises.
YouTube has a wealth of tutorials you can follow to get started. You can create your own routine.
I'm Too Scared
Hey, we get it. It can be really intimidating to walk into a gym that is filled with hard-bodies, especially when you’ve let yourself go more than you cared to admit.
The thing is, the majority of people are busy with the same worries. The rest are too focused on their workout to really care what you’re up to.
It takes courage to go to the gym, and if you have the money to do so, that monthly membership fee will serve as a great motivator to get up and go exercise.
I'm Just Going To Diet
That’s great! It’s always a good idea to take a look at your eating habits and make positive changes.
However, there’s no point in eating well to lose weight if you aren’t planning to back it up with physical activity.
If your goal is to lose weight and/or improve your health, then you have to get physical.
Getting exercise isn’t just going to help you look better, you’re going to sleep better at night, wake up with more energy, and ultimately, you’re going to feel better.
It’s easy to get stuck in a rut if you’re busy doing the same exercise routine each day.
You don’t have to do that, though. You can create a routine that works for you.
It’s important that you enjoy the exercise that you choose, but that doesn’t mean you can’t mix things up.
Why not try joining a class or heading out for a hike?
Your exercises don’t have to be gym-focused, nor are you limited to what you can do. A long bike ride at the beach is just as great as the treadmill in the gym.
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