How to Outrun All of Your Exercise Excuses
By Sandy Schroeder
Without even blinking, most of us can come up with a lot of good excuses for not exercising, and usually we actually believe them. Gyms cost too much. Our schedules are already overloaded, and at the end of the day we are too tired to even walk the dog.
However, physical and mental health still weigh in, as health researchers tell us how much our sedentary habits are impacting our health. Sitting too much is right up there with excess sugar and smoking in health risks, and excess weight and stress add to the load.
Regular activity, heading out for walks, working out at the gym, or stretching at the office can lift spirits, siphon off stress, lower blood pressure, and help stabilize blood sugar levels.
So Where Do We Start?
Start small and keep right on going. Anything that you do to get out of your chair or off the sofa can help.
Get used to standing instead of sitting - Set a timer for one minute and stand leaning against a wall with your head centered over your spine, neck and shoulders relaxed, abdomen muscles activated, back and hip muscles balanced.
Work on standing more - Consider a standing workspace for computer work, or blend more standing breaks into your day, taking breaks every hour when you have to do long sitting sessions.
Get outside every day – Take whatever available time you have and head outdoors for a few minutes or a more lengthy session.
Try a new move – When you have a few minutes while you're cooking dinner or talking on the phone, stand up and step side-to-side. Repeat 10 times.
Look for stairs – If you have stairs available at work, make use of them as much as you can, but never hurry when you are going down, and stay focused. I have watched a couple co-workers have near misses as they scurried down the steps.
Stay social as you walk. Instead of doing lunch or coffee with pastry, meet a friend in the park or by the water and enjoy a walk together.
Counter tiredness with steps – You may not be up to running when you are exhausted, but a long walk might reinvigorate you.
Meditate in motion – Breathe and walk letting your mind roam, too. You may return with a fresh viewpoint.
Wherever you are with your activity routines, at a standstill, slowly moving ahead, or really doing it, never give up. All you have to gain is better health.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Goodyear, Ariz.