Diet Advice: Thoughts on Exercise | Kingman Miner Daily

We might think we know enough about good exercise habits.

Hi, this is Eunice from Diet Center.

What we think we know could be holding us back from starting a good exercise routine.

We might find excuses not to exercise. Exercise can help burn extra calories and enhance weight loss. Finding ways to push past excuses can help us stick to an exercise routine. For example, you might think you need at least 30 minutes of exercise to get benefits. Some common excuses we might use: “I don’t have time.” Exercising for as little as 10 minutes is enough to benefit. While experts recommend 30 minutes a day; it doesn’t have to be a long session. So if you think you don’t have time to exercise, you might want to reconsider adjusting to shorter periods.

We might think “I’m embarrassed by my appearance” or “I tried, and it didn’t work”. When you find yourself making excuses, try to find a solution.

Lack of time should not be an excuse when you can count short bursts of physical activity of 5 or 10 minutes. A brisk 5-minute walk down the street, 10 minutes of lifting dumbbells while cooking, or 15 minutes of vacuuming your home all contribute to time spent being active.

There is no need to be embarrassed by our appearance. It’s natural to feel embarrassed at first. However, the more often we do it, the more comfortable we will feel. We can always start with activities in the privacy of our home.

If you’ve ever tried a physical activity and it didn’t seem to work, think about why it might not have worked. Did you like it? How long did you hold it? Duration is more effective than pushing yourself too hard. Participating in moderate-intensity activities that you enjoy will help you stay engaged and perform better.

We might think exercise causes pain, especially if we have certain health conditions. Exercise can help with arthritis and back pain. Inactivity can make pain worse and decrease flexibility. Also, you may think you have to sweat a lot to benefit from exercise. However, moderate activity is easier to incorporate into daily life and has been shown to be beneficial. Moreover, such activities can be enjoyable! Exercise doesn’t have to be a structured routine with fancy equipment. Moderate exercise includes brisk walking, dancing, golfing, swimming, lawn mowing, gardening, light lifting, cycling, and recreational sports.

Another misconception is that older people cannot benefit from exercise. It does not matter the age of a person to benefit from it. An older person who is physically active may perform better and be fitter than a younger, sedentary person.

Thanks for reading Diet Center’s tip of the week. If you’ve added exercise and aren’t seeing the results you want, let Diet Center help you. Call 928-753-5066 or stop by 1848 Hope Ave. at Kingman.

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