January 4, 2011
What's Your Excuse?
I don't have time.
Try circuit training. An especially efficient use of exercise time is alternating short bursts of high-intensity cardio activity with strength moves - known as circuit training. This type of exercise burns tons of calories!
I'm way too tired.
Try flow yoga. A practice that starts slowly, such as Vinyasa yoga, wakes your body gently and takes the dread out of getting to a class. After a few minutes your heart starts pumping, your brain fog clears and your energy rises. But don't let the gentleness fool you - this is serious muscle-strengthening exercise. Your own body serves as the resistance.
Exercise is so boooooring.
Try a dance class. Because it's fun and mentally engaging, dance doesn't necessarily feel like exercise. But it does get your heart rate up and engages your large muscle groups. Zumba, a blend of Latin styles, is available at many gyms and is good for increasing flexibility and stamina. Dance studios also offer adult ballet - which is great for toning the legs, rear and abdominals.
I don't have any discipline.
Try a walk or run for charity. If health and vanity aren't sufficient motivators, bring cause and commitment into play. To find events in your area, log on to active.com. Raising money and awareness for a cause you care about puts purpose in your stride. Or consider training with a partner. Once you're accountable for someone else, you're far less likely to go AWOL.
Posted by Lisa at January 4, 2011 6:17 AM
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