Everyone knows that exercise is a part of life. You need to get up and get off the couch in order to burn the calories you take in during the day. Yet you can not force exercise. My family has a tendency of dropping in the need to exercise in almost every conversation. There are a myriad of good reasons to start running and sweating but reasons are just talk. Here is a list of ways to get started on the exercise band wagon and start to have good health that will seem like they contradict everything you have read in the past.
Anti-Exercise: Forceful Facts: Okay, knowing that all the facts in the world are just words; still, let me quickly throw some out there. From the Mayo Clinic: Exercise stimulates brain chemicals and makes you feel happier. Exercise manages blood pressure. Exercise can help raise good cholesterol. Exercise helps you sleep. Exercise helps increase sex drive. When you exercise you do not have people telling you to exercise.
Anti-Exercise: Ignore Everyone: We have all read the magazines and the books and seen the television specials. Put it all away. Stop reading magazines. Stop talking to your family about it. I know that there are many sources out there that tell you to get a buddy, find a class or join a gym; well don’t. All this bombardment can lead you to feel bad about not exercising. Let it all go and just find an activity you like where you are moving. At this point in the game forget what your Dad, Jillian Michaels or any Vogue article says. Do not look at this as a way to tone your core. Look at this as a way to have something fun to do. When you find something that you really get into you can read the right magazine, do the right work out and be the best at that activity.
Anti-Exercise: Find Something Fun: When you were a kid what did you like to do? If you liked to dance then maybe you should go to a class, pick up a DVD or go to a club on Saturday. (I am not being contradictory here by telling you to go to dance class. I am telling you to go to a fun class not an exercise class.) Did you used to like to play baseball? Go to the batting cages once a week and you will find that in no time your arms will look great, you will be less stressed and you will have a weekly activity that you enjoy that is, surprise, exercise…exercise! Do you like nature, then grab a book about leaves and take a walk around the park. Get to know the park and maybe you will be spending so much time there you are going on long hikes or running laps through the fields. Do not look for exercise opportunity but opportunity to have fun while moving.
Anti-Exercise: No Concrete Goals: This may sound backwards to everything that the exercise books tell you. Do not go out and try to run x-number of miles around your block. I say this because when you find out you are not ready for it yet you will fail and give up. Do not say that you are going to work out to your DVD four times a week because you will miss one, be depressed and fail. Track your progress to see what your body can handle and what feels good. Work out, play a sport, dance, jog, swim or whatever once a week or twice a week. Eventually you will find a physical activity you enjoy so much you want to do it more often. Go at your own pace and be open to just seeing what your body can do.
Eventually you will find a physical activity that you like. My wife started out with Pilates for years and built up very slowly to working out once a week because it made her ankles stronger so she could wear high heels. Now my dear sweet wife does the Jillian Michael’s Thirty-Day Shred, Pilates, The Biggest Looser Cardio Max or some other exercise almost daily because it helps her asthma and makes her happy. Be happy. The masses want you to exercise so you loose weight, are fit and healthy. These are all good reasons but mostly you should exercise because you want to.