The perfect time to start

NOW really is the perfect time to start!

clocksWe have all said it at one time or another.

I’m too lazy.

I’m too tired.

I don’t have time.

There are a hundred reasons to avoid working out. And, to a certain extent, they carry some truth. Today’s busy, fast-paced lifestyle leaves little time to invest in activities like these. If working out were easy, everyone would do it!

Too often, after working all day, you just don’t feel like you can workout. Maybe you can find the time, but not the energy to engage in the physical exercise necessary to help loosen up that stiff body. For most of us, after 8 hours of sitting in a chair at the office, you come home to sit in another chair: this one in front of the TV. It’s hard, almost impossible, to gather up the motivation to stretch out those tired, hard-working arms and legs.

Some lucky people can make the time, but find exercise itself too humdrum. It’s natural to get bored doing the same workout routine every day. But, there are ways to tackle the problem of exercise ennui: get together with a friend or neighbour and workout together. Maybe even engage some friendly competition to see who can be the first to loose five pounds, or a dress size – whatever your personal goal is. If that doesn’t work for you, try mixing it up: if you traditionally work out in a gym, then why not go outside? You might find an activity such as cycling to be just what was missing. Our muscles also benefit from mixing up the routine, so you’re not only bolstering your interest, you’re increasing your overall health and fitness level!

If you’re self-conscious or shy about joining an exercise class or group activity, or if there just aren’t enough leftover coins in the bottom of your purse to invest in a class, you can always pop on a workout DVD (try borrowing from your local library for free). Youtube.com is also a great resource. Do a search for “yoga workout for beginners” and you’ll find plenty of variety to whet your appetite, then work out in the comfort of the living room.

kitchen timerIf you’re waiting for a perfect time to start, this is it! That “perfect time” doesn’t exist the way we think it does. There will always be some justification to postpone exercising, if you want to. But the good thing is, that same little voice telling you there’s a reason to delay, can also be your greatest motivator. It can be the cheerleader reassuring you that even just ten minutes a day of physical activity is time well spent.

If you’re carrying extra weight, you may feel overwhelmed by the task. But remember, you’re not loosing all that weight at once, because no one does. And, while working out is good for shrinking the waistline, it also has cardiovascular health benefits. It makes your body flexible and strong, and doesn’t that feel so much better than a dozen little aches after bending even just a little? And, as we know studies have also shown that exercise releases stress and is key in maintaining a positive, happy outlook.

Whatever activity you choose, you’ll be glad of it. Go on, get started now. You can do it!

Freedom Chevalier

About Freedom Chevalier

I’m a rehabilitated thespian, and the author of a bunch of articles, plays, short stories, songs, poems, grocery lists, fortune cookie inserts, and even a gritty thriller about the dark side of stand-up comedy, called Pundit, from Red Dashboard Press. I currently reside outside of Boston and am desperately trying to get back to the Bay...and I really have heard every possible joke about my name. Check out my website for more info.