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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Please take control of your active quality of life today

  • Wouldn’t you agree, there are millions of reasons not to exercise? Either we are too busy, too tired, or feel it is too boring.
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  • Wouldn’t you agree, there are millions of reasons not to exercise? Either we are too busy, too tired, or feel it is too boring.
     
    I certainly can relate to those feelings myself, because each and every day, I have to overcome them as I make my way to the gym.
     
    The trick is simply to take it one day at a time, and soon you will be amazed by the number of years you have actually been able to keep it up. I am going on 18 years and counting. You can, should, and I hope, will do exactly the same, because the benefits are worth their weight in gold.
     
    Exercise takes physical activity, so after a long day your mind and body’s first reaction to working out may not be a pleasant one. It is truly normal to feel this way.
     
    More than 60 percent of Americans are not regularly active, and 25 percent aren’t active at all. It looks like the excuses are winning at this time, but I am convinced that together we are going to turn it around. Let’s start today by looking for answers to some of the most popular reasons not to exercise.
     
    Not enough time: This can be very difficult but, you have got to make time to improve your health with exercise. Possibly getting up earlier and taking a brisk walk. Instead of spending 30 minutes on the phone or in front of the television at night, walk on your treadmill and watch your favorite show. If you have a baby, find a gym that has daycare, or work out arrangements with a grandparent who would enjoy the quality time. Maybe you can only find three 10-minute breaks throughout your day. That’s ok because it still counts as 30 minutes of daily physical activity. It takes a little planning, but you can do this.
     
    You have health problems: This is definitely a valid reason to be cautious, however, exercise has shown to aid in the recovery and prevention of many health problems, including heart disease. I challenge you to talk with your physician to see what you can do safely, and then do it!
     
    Exercise is boring: Set some health and fitness goals for yourself! Try to participate in activities that you enjoy. Better yet, find several activities to help keep variety in your program. Try working out with a friend, family member, or taking a walk with your dog. (Remember, he or she needs it as much as you do.) Join a gym or have a trainer spice up your workouts for a while.
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    I hope everyone is getting the message that where there is a will, there is a way. If you get a little uncomfortable that’s ok because anything worthwhile is never easy. I challenge you to stay committed because as long as you continue, you are on your way to success in the program.
     
    You think you are too old: I have seen and talked to too many people that look, feel and perform better in their older years than in their prime. Aging gracefully is a beautiful thing. There are no age requirements with exercise, because your program will consist of activities that are safe for you.
     
    Exercise may not remove wrinkles, but it will increase your energy, help you lose weight, reduce stress, allow you to be more active, live longer, and be more healthy. I may be missing something here, but I truly think our older years are when we need those wonderful benefits most.
     
    Too tired to exercise: Fatigue can actually be caused by a sedentary lifestyle and poor nutritional intake. Get energized by taking your vitamins and eating healthy!
     
    Exercise will further help jump start the body, and improve your energy.
     
    Excuses provide an easy way to avoid exercise. If you have not started your program, I challenge you to take a closer look at your reasons why not, and formulate a positive plan to overcome them. As you find positive solutions, one decision at a time, you will be on your way living a healthier and more active lifestyle.
     
    Until next week, please make it a nutritious and healthy day!
     
    To get started on healthy weight loss and nutrition products, stop by Reggie’s Personal Training, 104 E. Main, downtown Shawnee, or call Reggie at 405-613-0237.
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