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Published on August 16, 2019

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Combating Excuses for Well-Being

What’s keeping you from being healthy? Too little time, I don’t have the energy, or I don’t enjoy being active.

Excuse No. 1: I have no time to be active

How much time do we spend watching TV or on social media? Seven hours a day is consumed with TV and social media. You can use this time to be active and take a digital break. Plan a walk with family/friends, during breaks at work take a walk, and you can also break your activity into shorter sessions.

Some activity is better than none.

Excuse No. 2: I don’t have the energy

Being active will actually give you more energy. Your body makes feel-good endorphins that get the circulation going. Working out in the morning can help to get activity in before the day gets too long and not having energy will become an excuse. Eating a well-balanced diet and drinking plenty of water will also help to give you energy and sustain energy throughout the day.

Excuse No. 3: I hate being active

Figure out why you don’t enjoy being active. If it is hard on your joints, head for a pool to water walk or attend a class. If you don’t like to get sweaty, work out indoors where there is air conditioning.

Get a group together working out with friends/family can be fun and make activity enjoyable. What is your excuse to not being active? Turn your excuse into reasons for change.

Try one – or all three – of these excuse busters to get active!

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