One of the best things a person can do to improve their health is get adequate exercise. Regular exercise is believed to help with a variety of health issues, which include lowering blood pressure, relieving stress, and maintaining a healthy weight.  It is advised that a person exercise three to five days a week for thirty to sixty minutes. For some people, this is relatively easy to do, but unfortunately much of the world’s population is not meeting this requirement:

 

According to a report in the New York Times, “31.1 percent of adults worldwide, or roughly 1.5 billion people don’t meet the minimum recommendation of 150 minutes of moderate activity per week.”1

 

Why Don’t People Work Out?

 

There are many reasons why people don’t exercise, but here are the 2 most common:

 

  1. Lack of time. Between family responsibilities and work duties they are always on the go, leaving little time for other activities like working out.

 

  1. They don’t like to exercise. To some, working out is just that: WORK, and the mere thought of exercise can evoke negative feelings and emotions.

 

No Pain, No Gain

 

The phrase “no pain no gain” has been used by athletes for years. The rationale here is a person must push themselves to their physical limits with high intensity workouts to get results.

 

Common misconceptions held by many people is exercise must be extremely difficult, or you must do something you don’t like to get results.  Nothing could be further from the truth. This is one reason people stop working out: they are forcing themselves to do something they don’t like (or want) to do.

 

The key is to find something you enjoy and do that.  If it’s something you like it, it won’t seem like work, and you’ll want to do more of it.

 

Exercise Misconceptions

 

When some people think of exercise, they envision going to the gym and working out, or needing special equipment they don’t have or can’t afford. While that is a form of exercise, it’s not the only type of exercise. Exercise comes in many forms and can be done anytime, anyplace.

 

Exercise is defined as an activity that requires physical or mental exertion, especially when performed to develop or maintain fitness2. This definition greatly expands the definition of exercise. Here are a few activities that are considered exercise and the calories burned over 60 minutes for each:

 

Activity (one hour)

160 pounds (73 kg)

200 pounds (91 kg)

240 (pounds 109 kg)

 

 

 

 

Bike riding (leisure with family)

292

364

436

Bowling with friends

219

273

327

Dancing (social)

222

300

390

Gardening

281

327

400

General housework

246

286

326

Hiking

438

546

654

Mowing lawn (walking)

387

449

512

Tae kwon do

730

910

1090

Walking with kids (3.5 mph)

277

346

414

Yoga

311

358

406

 

 

You don’t have to go to a gym to get a good workout, wear the newest gear or have all the fancy electronics. With the exception of housework and mowing the lawn, these activities are fun and can be done in a relaxed, laid back manner. They also burn plenty calories.   

 

Change your mindset about exercise. Take the “work” out of workouts and find some activities you enjoy instead. Your body will thank you.

 

1http://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/well/2012/07/18/the-couch-potato-goes-global/?_r=0&referer=http://www.coreperformance.com/daily/live-better/15-billion-people-dont-exercise-at-least-20-minutes-a-day.html

 

2http://www.thefreedictionary.com/exercise


Article By:

 Jeff White

JEFF WHITE

BIO:

Jeff White is a certified personal trainer, author and wellness coach. He believes a strong mind and body go hand in hand, and both are needed for optimum performance. Jeff is the author of the award winning and Amazon Best Seller The 3 Pillars of Strength: Increasing Your Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Fitness.

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