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THE BOOK OF FITNESS EXCUSES - AND FIVE REASONS TO RIP IT UP

THE BOOK OF FITNESS EXCUSES - AND FIVE REASONS TO RIP IT UP

Given the chance, most of us will take the path of least resistance. This may come from the cave days when we had to conserve energy whenever possible. Perhaps it's due to comfortable lifestyles, easily available food and stressful jobs. Whatever the reason, it's all too easy to find many excuses not to get active.

The excuses could be tiredness, boredom, bad weather or too much else to do. We could fill a book with reasons not to exercise. That book of excuses is a big negative and needs to be torn up.

If you need some motivation, here are just five of the many reasons to be active:

1.      LONG TERM HEALTH

Being fit really does increase your chance of living longer. Perhaps more importantly, taking care of health in earlier life also increases the odds of a healthier old age. Worked muscles are strong muscles, and bones that have done weight-bearing exercise are strong bones.

2.      STAMINA FOR EVERYDAY LIFE

We all need to be as fit as possible to make the most of our opportunities. Fitness allows you to enjoy a day out, a good walk or an evening of dancing without suffering the next day.

3.      WEIGHT CONTROL

Who doesn’t enjoy their food? We should all be able to savour a good meal without worrying about what it does to our waistlines. Sensible eating and portion control still have to be habits, but taking regular exercise means that those extra calories get put to good use.

4.      USE IT OR LOSE IT

Fitness can go rapidly downhill if we have an illness, or even a lazy week or two. Missing out too much exercise really will make things more difficult in the long run. Be positive and try to do something, whatever it is.

5.      THE FEEL-GOOD FACTOR

Exercise gives us more than a virtuous glow. Many studies have shown that exercise really can improve mental health.  There’s nothing like a new fitness class or a run in the fresh air to reduce stress.

Seeing exercise as a ‘bother’ is another negative for that bad book. Rip up the excuses and remember the good reasons why we make an effort.

the author

Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

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