Exercise: Three Excuses We Use To Keep From Exerciseing

By Daphene Baines

Physical exercise is good for you. Exercising, in this article, is a reference to moving your body for the primary sake of burning calories. It helps to strengthen the body, improves the heart, reduces weight, reduces fat, burn calories, reduces the risk of several diseases, and helps us look great.

In one of my other articles,How are you coming with your exercising?, I mentioned that it is important to develop a regular schedule. You need to work out at least three to five times a week.

The following reasons to work out were given:
- It’s fun
- It's a great way to make new friends
- It keeps you looking good
- It helps you learn new skills and improve your coordination
- It is good for your internal organs (e.g., heart, lungs, and circulation)
- It helps you get strong by increasing muscle strength and balance
- It makes you feel good by releasing endorphins (i.e., the chemical that creates a natural high or feeling of well-being)
- It pleases God

Many do not like to do physical routines because of various reasons. In this article, I will address three popular excuses.

1. I hate working out. Some don’t like exercising because they choose routines that are tedious and boring. If you are the type that loves the outdoors, try to do physical activities outdoors. It does not help you to always go to the gym and walk on the treadmill. If you like high energy routines, try something like Zumba or cycling.

Line-dancing may be an option for those who like music and dancing. Find what you like and move. Shape.com gives many different activities that burn calories and are good work outs.

2. I don’t know where to start. Learning to work out is like learning to do anything new. It takes dedication, practice, and patience. Dedication is needed, because without such you will give up when it becomes difficult. Practice is necessary, because you get better at working out the more you do it.

Patience is extremely important, because “Rome was not built in a day.” In other words, slowly work at what you are trying to accomplish and one day you will get there.

3. I am injured. Well this does sound like a good excuse. However, you can still work out with a minor injury. Of course, get your doctor’s permission first.

Walking is a great way to get back into exercising. Don’t get stuck on doing extreme routines. You can still get that body with your diet. It is said that the key to losing fat and keeping it off is diet, not just working out.

You can exercise a lot and still get fat because of over eating. So, if you want to maintain your weight, do it with diet. While you're recovering from your injury, do what you can do.

Ride your bike and do whatever else burns calories. But don't blame your weight gain on a lack of working out. You can exercise weight control with your mouth, even when you cannot control it with your muscles.

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