What’s Your Excuse?


We all know that exercise is good for us but….too tired–don’t feel good–not enough time–or maybe you’re honest enough to admit you just don’t like it! We have all sorts of excuses…oops I mean reasons why we don’t exercise. But the truth is if you want to be healthy–er, then exercise needs to be part of your life. Unless, of course, you have a physically-demanding job, but that’s not many of us these days.

And it’s certainly not me!

Between my writing time and my TV time I admit I’m a couch potato but I didn’t realize just how much until I got a FitBit for my birthday that I asked for. It’s made me more conscious of just how much I don’t move.

But I exercise almost every day and have almost all of my life. It didn’t keep me skinny but I believe(and so does my doctor) it’s why I don’t have diabetes since it runs on both sides of my family. Now having said that, let me also admit that my daily exercise was definitely on the low-intensity side of the meter. Probably why I didn’t stay skinny.

But the last year I’ve been working hard to get healthy-er. And that includes eating healthy, losing weight, and working out more. I’m now up to working out for 30-40 minutes almost every day and ….yes, I’m actually sweating these days!

And I can tell a big difference! I still have my mobility difficulties because of my balance (because of my brain tumors) issues, but I feel better and stronger–sort of!

So what kind of exercise is the best? The kind you do, of course! And keep on doing. The key to exercise is to do it consistently–day after day; week after week; month after month. Now I don’t mean you have to exercise every day or that you have to do the same thing every day. If you only want to work out three days every week, that’s fine with me. I’m not sure that less than three will make a difference but it might. But I do know that two days are better than ZERO days.

Back to the question of what kind of exercise. I have incorporated balance, stretching, cardio and strength training into my exercise. I only do strength training a few times every week but the others I include whenever I exercise.

If you really want to get healthy, it’s time to stop making excuses and start exercising. Start slow and increase it as you start to feel stronger.

YOUR TURN: What’s your favorite type of exercise?




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