From the monthly archives:

September 2012

No time to exercise?

September 24, 2012

This cartoon pretty much sums it up.

Finding the time (or the inclination) to exercise can be a big stumbling block for many people when it comes to getting, and staying, in shape.

I used to be as guilty as anyone for not managing to find time to exercise but the solution to it was as simple as it was effective. In the past when I used to start some exercise regime, I would go from doing nothing at all, to trying to do an hour a day. I’d see results pretty quickly but I’d soon get bored and start to miss days here and there, and before I knew it I was doing nothing at all again.

But in 2011 when I decided to finally get in shape, I turned that idea on it’s head and instead of jumping in the deep end with a heavy exercise regime, I started doing just a few minutes a day. Seriously, only three or four minutes a day of light exercise.

I had no excuses not to do it because everyone can spare a few minutes. I also didn’t feel the need to procrastinate or find excuses not to do it because it wasn’t difficult and didn’t take much time.

What it did do though was allow my brain to develop the HABIT of doing exercise. So I didn’t have to force myself to do it, it became something I ‘just did’ everyday. And every day I did just a little bit more. Not enough to put me off, but just a little bit.

And eighteen months later I now do around an hour of exercise a day, but it’s just as easy for me as when I was doing a few minutes a day. I took it slow, I gave my body and my mind time to adapt, and now I’m as fit as a fiddle and looking good.

So my advice… don’t jump in at the deep end. Chances are, you’ll quit within a few weeks. Start slow, very slow and give yourself a year or two to get into it. After all, you didn’t get fat in three months, what makes you think you can (or should!) get back in shape in three months?

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