More than just a way to lose weight, regular exercise has been scientifically proven to be as good of a cure-all as it gets. Exercise eases depression, relieves stress, prevents cognitive decline (like Alzheimer’s); it even increases productivity outside the gym. Now, why is it that according to the CDC, less than a quarter of American adults get enough exercise?
Many times, life just gets in the way. Our members all want to engage in a regular exercise program, but they are just too busy, tired, or have an excuse.
Below are the four top excuses we often hear at Fit for Life 24, along with our advice to overcome them:
- “I don’t have the time.” Behind this reasoning is the mistaken belief that hours of exercise are necessary to get results. In fact, depending on the intensity of the activity, adults need anywhere from 75-150 minutes of aerobic activity per week, plus only two strength-training sessions that help address all the major muscle groups. Make the most of the time spent working out by adopting healthy habits in other areas of your life.
- “Exercise is boring.” Why do minutes seem to drag when walking miles to nowhere on a treadmill, but an hour flies by when playing tennis? If exercise seems dull, find an activity that sparks interest. At Fit for Life 24, we advise giving a new routine a fair shot (at least a couple of sessions), but don’t be afraid to switch it up if it’s not working.
- “I don’t know where to start.” With all the information available on the Internet, it can be legitimately confusing to start an exercise routine without professional guidance. If information overload is an issue, start with moderate intensity cardio mixed with basic calisthenics using body weight. Or, consider a few sessions with a personal trainer to get started.
- “I can’t afford to join a gym.” While fancy equipment or classes certainly aren’t necessary to start exercising, a lot of people like to join FFL 24 for the motivation. If accountability is the goal, try a meetup or an online accountability group (the latter are popular on Facebook) in association with the FFL 24 membership. Fitness memberships and personal training sessions can be less expensive than they seem, especially when compared to the cost of common (but less healthy) splurges, like buying lunch or pricey coffees a few times a week.
When it comes to physical activity, there are simply too many positives to list. Feel the benefits and give us a call to find out how one of our trainers can help accomplish personal health and fitness goals.
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