Exercise – A Game Changer

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I normally choose not to read newspapers, but I’m at a conference and a copy of USA Today was left outside my door. This article really caught my attention: “Is This the Anti-Aging Secret?” The article was talking about how exercise may be the closest thing we have to the fountain of youth. While it does the obvious (helps us lose weight, shape and tone our bodies) it’s also incredibly effective in reducing the incidence of chronic illness, can help alleviate symptoms of depression by flooding our systems with “feel good hormones,” improves our quality of life, level of independence as we age, quality of sleep, self image, confidence, gives us energy, vitality and so much more.

So here’s my question…

What’s stopping you from starting an exercise program?

Let’s get these excuses out of the way:

1.    I’m too busy
2.    I’m too lazy
3.    I have no place to work out
4.    I’m too tired
5.    I’m too fat
6.    I don’t know what to do
7.    You don’t understand my lifestyle – there’s no place to fit it in
8.    I hate to exercise
9.    I don’t want to get hurt
10.    I don’t get results so what’s the point

I could go on and on because as a Dietitian/Trainer/Coach for 20 years, I’ve heard just about every excuse there is. But study after study keeps showing that regular exercise is clearly a game changer.

Here’s my humble opinion. You can keep making excuses or you can finally get results. You can take yourself out or you can throw yourself in. You can live a life filled with health, vitality, abundance and joy… or not. The choice is always yours. What will you choose?

I’d start by finding ways to overcome every obstacle I mentioned above and others I didn’t mention that have been holding you back from a life of health and fitness. Then, I’d just start – if you have health issues, check with your doctor first and then simply get going. Doing something for even 10 minutes today may be more that what your body has been doing for a while, so just start and build from there. If you need some help, find a certified personal trainer you resonate with, online exercise tips, read quality health/fitness magazines, tune into your local fitness channel or simply lace up and head outside. Sound good?

Here’s to a fresh start and a lifetime living in a lean, fuel burning, healthy body!

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