Exercise is a non-negotiable if you want to live a healthy life. It reduces stress, improves heart health, and often, inspires healthy actions in other parts of your life, too – particularly when it comes to dieting or avoiding cigarettes and alcohol. Yet, even though the benefits of exercise are well-documented, it can be hard to find the motivation to get moving. You might even hide behind one of these common excuses. Read on to discover the best way to kick your self-doubt and motivate yourself to get back on the proverbial wagon.
The excuse: “I’m too tired to work out.”
The motivation: Contrary to what you may believe, light to moderate exercise can give you a much-needed jolt of energy, instead of wearing you out further. According to a study conducted by the University of Georgia, fatigued people who rode a stationary bike three times a week at low intensity got a bigger energy boost than those who didn't exercise. Even better, the follow-up study found that those who cycled maintained extra energy over the six weeks they kept exercising.
The excuse: “I don’t have time for exercise.”
The motivation: When you picture an ideal fitness schedule, it might involve 30 minutes to an hour of totally uninterrupted gym time. Yet, researchers have found that even 20 minutes of exercise is enough when you commit to the right moves. Try intervals, which require that you alternate two minutes of moderate-intensity cardio with two minutes of high-intensity intervals, like burpees or plank jacks. If you don’t have a 20-minute block of time, try doing one 10-minute block in the morning and evening.
The excuse: “My goal weight is too far away. Why start now?”
The motivation: It’s easy to believe that you’re too unhealthy or sedentary to begin a fitness routine. But, that’s simply not the case. You’re never too out of shape to begin somewhere. Need proof? In one study, formerly sedentary women who consistently incorporated 470 more steps per day – which is roughly one extra five-minute walk – than they had the week before, lost a quarter inch from their waist without dieting. Try a walking routine, or break your desired type of exercise into smaller units. You will likely find smaller steps easier to accomplish.
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