“It’s snowing.” “The dog ate my shoes.” “My walking partner moved.”
Dump the barriers to active living. Focus on solutions instead!
- “No time”. Fit active living “in between”; even 10 minutes here and there make a difference. Try for 60 minutes daily.
- “Sweating ruins my hair.” Enjoy rigorous activity after work or on weekends when you can “let your hair down.”
- “Too tired.” Moving more just may boost your energy and release tension.
- “Too old to start.” You’re never too old! Do whatever matches your skill and interest. Work up from slow walking to moderate walking to brisk walking.
- “Not athletic.” That’s okay. Do what “moves” you; an active hobby, home repairs, dog walking.
- “No place to exercise nearby.” You can walk nearly anywhere: around the parking lot, down the corridor, in a park. Or march in place, swinging your arms, while you watch your favorite TV show.
- “Healthy and trim without it!” Remember: Being trim or having a BMI of 18.5 to 25 isn’t necessarily being fit. Regular physical activity lowers risk for many health problems.
Any of these excuses sound familiar? If not, jot down your excuses and commit to finding a solution for each!
Brought to you by the Healthy Eating and Active Living Coalition of Pierce County Source: 365 Days of Healthy Eating from the American Dietetic Association (Wiley 2004), Roberta Larson Duyff, MS, RD, FADA, CFCS