Are you bored when you work out? Choosing activities that fit your personality is your key to the kind of movement you'll love. If exercise is fun, you'll have little trouble finding time for it.
Does exercise leave your body hurting or injured? Take it easy. Activity doesn't have to be lung-busting to achieve results. The reason most people stop exercising is that they overdo it and try to progress too quickly. Avoid the terrible too's -- too much, too hard, too soon -- and watch your body build up instead of break down.
Change your mind set
There are distinct differences in how exercise is perceived by exercisers versus nonexercisers. Which one are you?
Nonexerciser: Sees physical activity as a chore and something that steals precious time from her day.
Exerciser: Views her workouts as a necessity and something that will enhance the quality of her day.
Nonexerciser: Feels exercise will make her tired.
Exerciser: Knows exercise is her energy source.
Nonexerciser: Compares herself to the most fit person and feels defeated.
Exerciser: Turns her thoughts inward and competes with no one but herself.
We all face roadblocks as we move throughout our life. Many of these are temporary and quite easy to get around. In fact, most barriers we struggle with have actually been created by us. We simply need to adjust, commit and move forward.
Cindy Boggs, wellness presenter and author, is an ACE-certified instructor/trainer. Send your questions about fitness, training or health to cindys...@aol.com. Look for her award-winning fitness advice book, "CindySays ... You Can Find Health in Your Hectic World" on her website, www.cindysays.com.