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“I don’t like to exercise”: Another excuse not to exercise

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Your attitude toward physical activity is said to influence your intention to actually do it as well as your assiduity (Blanchard and al., 2003). Past experiences may have forged the opinion you now have of physical activity. If to you, physical activity is synonym with “painful” or “hard”, it is time to change your outlook by associating it to an activity that is nice, diversified, and doesn’t require any particular talents, all the while offering many unquestionable health benefits. Here are a few tips to help you become more receptive and cheerful to the idea of exercising:

· Take some time for yourself… finally! Consider your workout at the gym as the only time when no one can disturb you. Treat yourself with this short time to take care of yourself and feel better! By choosing an activity that you enjoy, time will fly!

· No technical skill is required! It is absurd to think that you have to be in shape to be able to exercise! Most of the time, only one workout is necessary to realize how exercising is open to everybody, regardless of their physical condition! The beauty of fitness is that you can greatly benefit from it at any age! Feel safe about the exercises by hiring a qualified personal trainer, especially at the beginning… and you will realize that their companionship might make you want to use them more often!

· Listen to good music! With an MP3 player and a pair of earphones placed in your ears, you will be more motivated to exercise. Notice the energy surge when YOUR song is playing…!

· Together is better! Workouts always seem shorter with good company! In addition, with a workout partner, your workouts will be planned ahead, which may help motivate you to respect your health commitment!

· Forget monotony! Vary your workouts by changing the exercises and equipments you use. Variety will also help reduce the risk of injury and maximize results. You can easily change your workout plan every month.

Numerous studies have confirmed the positive impact of exercise on health and the direct link between inactivity and sickness. I always have in mind this question that we should ask ourselves when wondering about the importance of exercise: “Would you rather take some time to exercise today, or have to take some time to be sick later?” So no more excuses put on your running shoes and go take care of your most precious wealth: your health!

By Karine Larose

Karine Larose, M.Sc.

Karine Larose is a kinesiologist, Director of Marketing and Communications and Spokesperson for Nautilus Plus who specializes in fitness motivation. She authored The Guide to Healthier Living, penned the book 10-4 The Healthy Way to Lose 10 Pounds in 4 Weeks and released her third work called Zero Diet: Delicious and Healthy Recipes for Success, all by Les Éditions du TRÉCARRÉ. Karine has launched a series of exercise DVDs entitled 30 minutes par jour pour Vivre Plus and is featured on the ULTIME FIT online platform. Many TV shows and radio stations regularly request Karine’s point of view on physical exercise issues and points of interest.

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