Working Out: Are You A "Yes, But"?

How To Stop The Excuses and Get Yourself Out the Door

By Janet Smith, PEERtrainer Health and Fitness Writer
Are you one of those people who say over and over, “I need to start working out”? Does the thought of working out get you in the mindset of “Yeah, I know I need to workout but…."?  There are hundreds of reasons and excuses to avoid working out but there are also hundreds of reasons to find excuses to start working out.

No matter what your age, sex, or current physical status, starting and maintaining a regular exercise regimen improves your health and fitness levels.  As you begin exercising regularly, you’ll not only notice a difference in your body’s strength and stamina, you’ll notice several other benefits as well.  

Additionally,  working out consistently can help you fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly.  Reduce anxiety, depression and boost your self-esteem with exercising.  Exercising can also help control and prevent chronic illnesses like heart disease, hypertension, osteoporosis, diabetes and others.

If all the benefits of regular exercise aren’t enough to get you moving here are a few tips to get you moving:

Working out does not need to be at a gym or fitness center. 
Try things like hiking, biking, swimming, golfing, and even dancing.  The key is to find some activity you enjoy.  Enjoying the activity will keep you motivated to continue.

If you haven’t been working out for a while, start slowly.  Don’t expect to be able to spend hours at your chosen activity.  If you’re doing an exercise routine, start with a thirty minute segment three times a week and gradually add time and intensity as you get more adjusted to the routines.

Do set reasonable goals for yourself. Find the motivating factor to help you commit to reaching those goals.  Envision success and keep working towards that success.
Remember to reward yourself, for your improvements.  Set your goals and rewards.  It can be very helpful to write your goals on paper and keep a journal as you’re progressing. 

Once you do get in a few months of regular exercise, you’ll feel the benefits.  Most people at this point need no other motivation to continue.  Remember, for your health and happiness exercise is crucial.  Get started today.   
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