What Are You Waiting For?

by Antonio Sini …

You do realize that exercise gives you more energy, makes you stronger, helps keep your weight in control and makes you feel and look younger – right? So why aren’t you working out regularly?

Do any of these describe you?
• You wake up every day with aches and pains.
• Walking up stairs leaves you out of breath.
• You feel tired and have low energy
• You get sick too often

Remember, excuses won’t make you feel better, only action and commitment. Here are some ideas to help push those excuses away and start living healthier (and pain free!) today.

You say exercise is boring.
Only if what you choose to do is boring. Find something that sparks your enthusiasm. Is there something you’ve wanted to do but just haven’t got around to? How about taking up tennis or golf, salsa-dancing or skiing? What about joining a softball league or runners club? A personal trainer can help add some fun and excitement to your workouts as well as taking group exercise classes.

“I don’t have time.”
There are 24 hours in everyone’s day. We all choose to spend them differently. Ask yourself what deserves the highest priority? Even if your time is largely tied up, how much can you really accomplish if you’re not feeling healthy? Even a little bit here and there makes a difference. Walk an extra 5 blocks to work. Do situps between TV commercials. Remember that nothing else is more important than setting time aside to improve your health –nothing!

You just don’t have the energy.
Your energy may be low because you are mentally rather than physically tired. You need to force yourself past the mental block. Exercise will actually give you a boost and INCREASE your energy levels, leaving you less tired at the end of the day. It won’t feel that way at first but take comfort in knowing that exercising gets easier every day. Once you’ve been on a regular routine, you will realize how poorly you were feeling before and how great you feel now. I guarantee you’ll never want to go back.

Maybe you’re embarrassed?
Every time you exercise, remember that you are making a positive step for yourself. People respect that. Still, if the thought of working out around strangers turns you off, get some exercise videos or hire a personal trainer and exercise in the comfort of your own home.

The gym is too far.
You don’t need a gym to exercise and be healthy. Something as simple as a 30-minute walk can help your fitness. The Internet is a great resource for ideas on exercises you can do at home. You can also look for a health club near your job and go before or after work.

You’re afraid you’ll get hurt exercising.
Exercise should never cause you pain. You need to go about it the right way. Seek the advise of a personal trainer or read up on what type of exercises are right for you. Being healthy is a lifetime commitment so take your time and do it right. I’ll say it again – It won’t feel it at first but take comfort in knowing that exercising gets easier every day. Once you’ve been on a regular exercise routine, you will realize how poorly you were feeling before and how great you feel now.

“I don’t need to exercise.”
Our bodies were designed to move. Modern technology such as cars and the internet have made it too easy to become static. Now, more than ever, we must make time to exercise. Heart attacks, strokes and diabetes are all related to inactivity. People who exercise live longer and feel more energetic. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Take a pro-active approach now.

Contact us if you want help with an exercise program.