It’s so easy to makes excuses, to invent reasons why you can’t or don’t exercise. This month, we challenge you to radically change the way you think about exercise. We challenge you to retrain your brain and start exercising today.
Instead of saying, “I’m too tired.”
This is one of the most common excuses for missing a working and planting yourself on the couch in from of the TV. And the truth is that you probably do feel sluggish and tired because you haven’t moved your body. Which is exactly why you need to make time for exercise! Physical activity gives you more energy while reducing stress.
Tell Yourself: “After I exercise, I’ll have more energy.”
Instead of saying, “I don’t have enough time.”
When starting an exercise program, aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day. At first, squeezing in those 30 minutes may seem overwhelming, but remember that you can break it up into smaller increments of time. Try to fit in just 10 minutes three times a day. Go for a walk at lunch, a short run before you get ready in the morning, a bike ride through the neighborhood after dinner, or find an app on your smartphone. Apps like SWORKIT help you create a custom workout based on the amount of time you have available and what you want to work on, like strength, cardio, stretching or yoga.
Tell Yourself: “I can workout for 10 minutes.”
Instead of saying, “I’m too out of shape to exercise.”
When starting a new fitness program, you really need to think in terms of baby steps. If you go out and run a 5K on the first day, odds are that you’ll be tired and sore and not want to get out there again tomorrow. Set an ultimate goal and then break that down into manageable steps. When you first learn how to start exercising, take it one week at a time so that you can celebrate small successes. This will keep you motivated and feeling great!
Tell Yourself: “This week I will (insert goal).”
Instead of saying, “I need to lose a few pounds first, then I’ll start working out.”
Let’s face it; there is no reason why you can’t do both simultaneously. The two go together like peanut butter and jelly. Losing weight will help you feel better when you exercise, and exercise will help you lose weight. We understand that weight loss can be a real challenge, and in some cases feel close to impossible. If so, our physician assisted weight loss program could be just what you need to shed those extra pounds. Our trained staff will develop a program that is customized to fit your needs. And with a new Blue Sky office opening, we will soon be able to serve folks in Winston-Salem, as well as the Hendersonville and Asheville areas.
Tell Yourself: “Why wait? Exercise will help with weight loss.”
Instead of saying, “I’m too busy; I’ll start tomorrow, next week, next month.”
May is National Physical Fitness Month. Stop making up excuses. Now is the time to take control of your physical fitness. Make the choice. Start now.
Tell Yourself: “Today is the perfect day to start!”