Diet Tip: Thoughts on Exercise |  Kingman DailyMiner

We might think we know enough about good exercise habits.

Hello, this is Eunice from Diet Center.

What we think we know might be keeping us from starting a good exercise routine.

We may find excuses not to train. Exercise can help burn extra calories and improve weight loss. Finding ways to overcome excuses can help us stick to an exercise routine. For example, you might think that you need to exercise for at least 30 minutes to get any benefits. Some common excuses we could use: “I don’t have time.” Even 10 minutes of training is enough to benefit from it. 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 adapting in short periods of time.

We might think, “I’m embarrassed about the way I look” or “I tried, but it didn’t work.” If you find excuses, try to find a solution.

Lack of time doesn’t have to be an excuse when you can count short 5 or 10 minute bursts of physical activity. A quick 5-minute walk down the street, 10 minutes of dumbbells while cooking, or 15 minutes of vacuuming around the house will all help keep you spending time moving.

There is no reason to be ashamed of our looks. It’s natural to feel insecure at first. However, the more we do it, the more comfortable we will feel. We can always start activities in the privacy of our homes.

If you’ve tried an exercise activity before and it didn’t seem to work, think about why it might not have worked. Did you enjoy it? How long did you stick to it? Duration is more effective than trying too hard. Participating in moderate-intensity activities that you enjoy will help you stay engaged and achieve better results.

We may think that exercise causes pain, especially when we have certain health conditions. Exercise can help with osteoarthritis and back pain. Inactivity can worsen pain and reduce flexibility. Also, you may think that you need to work up a good sweat to benefit from the workout. However, moderate activity is easier to incorporate into everyday life and has been shown to be beneficial. In addition, such activities can be fun! Exercise doesn’t have to be a structured routine with fancy equipment. Moderate exercise includes brisk walking, dancing, golfing, swimming, mowing lawns, gardening, lifting light objects, bicycling, and recreational sports.

Another misconception is that older people cannot benefit from exercise. It doesn’t matter how old a person is to benefit from it. An older person who is physically active may perform better and be fitter than a younger, sedentary person.

Thank you 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 visit 1848 Hope Ave. in Kingman.