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So you hate to exercise.

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Hate to exercise?  Great reasons why you should exercise.

Are you the type of person that hates to exercise?  Or maybe you are the type of person that has good intentions of exercising but find it too easy to make excuses so you don’t.  Whichever type of person you are, there are important reasons why you need to make exercise part of your weekly schedule.

There are times when I am right there with you.  It’s cold in the morning and I don’t feel like heading outside to take a walk or to go to the gym.  Or you’re tired.  I totally understand that one too and feel that way often.  For me though, I have found that when I push myself to get moving, 30 minutes later I can’t remember why I didn’t want to exercise because I feel so much better.

Let’s break down the main reasons why we don’t like to exercise and see if we can think about it in a different way.

  1. Exercise takes too much time.  I totally understand this statement. This is one I battle with myself every week.  I’m self-employed and when you’re self-employed, there is no guaranteed paycheck at the end of the week.  If I don’t work, I don’t pay the bills. Simple as that. What I have found is that I don’t need to exercise two hours per day to feel the benefits of exercise.  Some days, I do have several classes I teach in the morning.  Other days it may be as simple as a 10 minute Tabata or interval training workout. Right now, my favorite short workout is total body using a kettlebell. The best thing you can do is not lock yourself into a set amount of minutes or hours you believe you need to exercise daily.  Instead, think about how you can fit some exercise in each day.  Takes the stress off a bit.
  2. I am not motivated enough to exercise.  Motivation.  If we want something bad enough we will make it happen right?  Not always.  Back to point one.  We are busy.  We are REALLY busy and some days adding one more thing is enough to push us over the edge.  Again start with 10 or 15 minutes of daily exercise and build from there.  Once you have made the decision to include daily exercise in your schedule, it will become habit and you will find you simply do it.
  3. I don’t need to exercise after I lose weight.  Whew this is definitely not a good mindset because exercise is much more than losing weight. People get so focused on those little numbers on the scale that they tend to forget about the big picture.  What’s the big picture?  Our bodies are made to move.  Exercise also decreases the risk of several medical conditions including heart disease, high cholesterol, and arthritis to name a few.  Exercise also increases your energy and improves your mood.  Want more birthdays?  Daily exercise helps you live longer

It takes roughly 21 days for a new habit to feel like it’s part of your day.  On those days you do not feel like going to the gym or taking a jog? Simply get up and get moving for 10 minutes.  You’ll be glad you did. Promise.

Be kind to yourself. You CAN do this! Have a wonderful week!

To your health,


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