Getting Started with Physical Activity

Getting Started with Physical Activity

A wellness program was started at my neighbor’s office several months ago. A walking program at lunch time was part of the program. My neighbor probably walks slower than most of the people out walking but this was her very first attempt at doing something physical since high school which was 35 years ago.

If you are thinking about adding physical activity to your life, but not sure how to get started, even with all the options that are so readily available, it’s probably time to acknowledge that you’re having a tough time taking that first step.

Jot down 4 reasons why you haven’t been physically active. Then come up with four responses to get past those reasons

Telling yourself that you haven’t been active in a long time and it doesn’t make sense to change is a very popular reason for not getting active. Try doing something you really enjoy to get you started.

Another good excuse is saying you don’t have enough time. I bet you could come up with 3 10-minute time frames for being physical. Walk up and down 4 flights of stairs as many times as you can in those 4 minutes.

And then you can always say it costs too much. The truth is getting physical doesn’t have to cost you anything. You don’t have to join a health club or get fancy equipment. Even if you can only squeeze in 10 minutes on the treadmill before you leave in the morning that is 10 minutes of exercise you’ve never done before.

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