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Excuses That We All Use to Not Exercise

By Sandy Schroeder

Staying active can keep your body and your brain at their peak. We all know that, but sometimes we just have too many convenient excuses that let us slide on by.

Of course, all exercise depends on you. If you have any limitations, or special requirements from your doctor, check with your doctor first to choose the best ones for you.

But then, it’s time to face up to those excuses. See if these look familiar.

Breakfast Never Happens – If your first meal is lunch, you may skip exercising. Researchers say overweight people who eat breakfast are more apt to be out there burning up calories. Power up with eggs, yogurt, avocados, cheese and bacon.

Midnight Runs Are Damaging – It's so easy to enjoy an evening out, or stay up at home online. But loss of sleep exhausts the body, weakens the urge to exercise, and sabotages the immune system. The next day it's all you can do to just finish your work.

Social Media Soaks Up Time – There may be one spot, before or after work, or around lunch, where walking or a workout might fit. But it is too easy to tweet, send pix, or browse the news instead. That's not LOL, :-(

Job Stress Wins Out – Research shows work can take over if you are worried about deadlines or caught in stressful situations. By the time you leave, you may just head out for pizza and a brew, instead of hitting the gym. Start with an early morning workout before you get involved in the day.                    

Sitting Wins Over Exercise – Sitting is believed to be as bad as smoking. Researchers say the longer you sit, the less likely you are to exercise. Keep moving with breaks for walks or stretching. At the same time, reserve a spot in your schedule for physical activity.

The Social Swirl Wins – Who can resist pizza and brews on Friday night, or weekend parties with friends and family? But at a certain point, all of that food and fun leaves less room, or incentive, to exercise. Look for walking or gym buddies; then, exercisie before or right after work.

Pain Displaces Activity – When your neck or back hurt, it is easy to skip walking or workouts. But the healthiest choice is still to keep moving, getting your heart rate up, and easing your way back into exercise, in spite of pain. All of those lovely endorphins that show up may help to keep you going.

Whatever your favorite excuse is, now’s the time to give it the boot and get out there. Your body, and your brain will be glad you did.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.


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