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We all understand the importance of exercise. Yes, it’s an integral part of a weight loss program, but regular activity will also help you maintain your new weight once you’ve reached it. More important than that, however, is the link between exercise and improved health. Study after study have demonstrated the positive effects of exercise in every area of wellness, from preventing cancer and cardiovascular disease, to warding off depression and anxiety. We all need to exercise regularly, no matter our weight or current state of health.

And yet… Often we find reasons to skip our workouts. If you’re falling for any of these common exercise excuses, read on to discover how to overcome them.

“I’m too overweight to go to the gym.” It can feel challenging to walk into a gym, filled with slim model types in revealing clothing… But is that reality, or just a mental picture based in fear? First of all, keep in mind that there are plenty of ways to work out, without ever setting foot in a gym. So, if it makes you uncomfortable, do something else. On the other hand, touring a few different gyms, or signing up for a trial membership, is not a bad idea. Odds are that the atmosphere is not really what you’re picturing!

“I don’t have a babysitter.” Lack of childcare will indeed present an obstacle. But it’s not insurmountable. If your gym doesn’t provide childcare, look for another parent in a similar situation, and work out a swap with one another. Or, tote your tot along on hikes; the extra weight in a backpack carrier will just help you burn more calories. Pushing a stroller up hills provides another challenging workout, without a need for a babysitter!

“I don’t have time.” Scheduling is a challenge for almost everyone, but the truth is that we make time for the things we value. Rearrange your priorities so that exercise is near the top of the list, and you’ll find at least 20 minutes to squeeze in a walk or a quick toning routine.

“I hate exercise.” Since there are so many different ways to exercise, it’s unlikely that you actually hate it. What you “hate” are the things you’ve tried, or perhaps the way you’ve been doing them. If you’re bored, switch up your routine. If you’re social, sign up for a class. On the other hand, if you’re an introvert, avoid the classes and opt for hiking or other solo activities. Use music or other motivators. When you find a way to make exercise enjoyable, you won’t dread it anymore. But since the answers are different for everyone, keep an open mind and continue to experiment until you find a way to work out that works for you.

Remember to check with a physician before beginning an exercise regimen, so we can make sure that your plans are safe for you. Give us a call, and we can assess your health and make recommendations regarding exercise or a weight loss program that will help you achieve your goals.