Ending Exercise Excuses

In hopes of getting fit, most women have started an exercise routine. But like dieting, most of us don’t stick with it. Instead, we come up with all kinds of excuses. Here’s how to get past the excuses and back in shape.

“I’m too tired, I have too much to do.”

“I don’t want to get up that early.”

“I’d rather go shopping.”

Sound familiar? The top five reasons women say they don’t exercise are: No time, too tired, too out of shape, time away from family, and too expensive.

“Trying to become active is very much like trying to quit smoking. Nobody succeeds the first time usually.”

Carolyn tried a fitness routine, but couldn’t stick with it. She says, “I lost interest. I thought, ‘Well I don’t have to do this anymore, I’ve done it.’ Wrong!”

For Carolyn, the key to success was a mind and body commitment. She does a mental warm-up each day — and keeps exercise a priority.

If you think you have no time, write down how long you spend sitting each day. Work in two-minute walks and gradually increase the time.

“It’s also important to do things that you think you like because you’re not going to stick with something that you don’t like.”

Bored with walking? Try boxing, aerobics, swimming, Tai Chi. Set realistic goals. Too tired? Exercise can actually create more energy.

“It’s never too late to start.”

“It’s a great stress reliever.”

“I feel better and I have more energy.”

“I plan to live to be 100, healthy.”

Experts believe raising your heart rate just 20 to 30 minutes a day three times a week can improve your health. You may want to check with your doctor before starting any exercise program.

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