Solving the exercise dilemma
Exercise is a huge part of feeling healthy because, among other things, it’s how our body releases endorphins (the ‘happiness’ hormones). Most of us groan at the mention of the word exercise, mainly because we don’t do it. That’s right – we don’t want to do it because we don’t do it. Let me explain.
Exercise and the desire to exercise, is self-perpetuating. The more we do it, the more we want to do it. The good feeling spurs us on to do it more or do it again. I know sometimes it’s hard to imagine wanting to exercise but trust me on this – it works.
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We just need two things:
Let’s start with the motivation:
You want to live a long time don’t you? And you also want to enjoy good health in your golden years. Studies show that a mere 30 minutes a day of exercise can add an extra 3-5 good years to your lifespan, and help prevent diseases such as bowel cancer and colon cancer which are more common in sedentary people.
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What more motivation do we need?
Exercise that’s convenient:
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This is the key to keeping it up. Ask yourself the following:
I’m not trying to put you off exercising; I’m being realistic, because these are some of the most common reasons people give for not exercising or for quitting, so you need to think hard about what type of exercise you really want to do. Maybe you love being with others or maybe you prefer some time alone. Are you a competitive person who would love the rivalry? Would you enjoy the drive to the gym as a little extra unwinding time? Do you need the discipline of a set day and time?
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Choose the one that you know you can sustain, but don’t feel like a failure if you change your mind occasionally (mixing it up a little is good – it prevents boredom). The crucial thing is to not give up all together. Maybe plan ahead to try the gym for three months and then aqua aerobics for three, but don’t commit long-term to something you've never tried before.
For me personally, all those excuses fit, so I stick to walking because I can do it whenever I want, I like the alone time, my dog benefits as well, it’s free, it’s local, and I don’t have to wear anything special (I keep a pair of walking shoes at home and one in the car). Easy.
Find what works for you to live a longer and healthier life.
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