“I can’t run because my knee hurts. I have a bad back. I can’t swim because I don’t know how. The seat hurts my butt when I bike. The treadmill is boring and I always trip over my feet. I don’t have time. I’ll miss my favorite tv show “Being Mary Jane”. I’m not a morning person. I’m too tired when I come home from work. I just ate. The kids have homework. It’s too hot. It’s too cold. I don’t know how to play basketball, volleyball, football, racquetball”…
These were some of my excuses when I decided to start exercising regularly. I thought back to my childhood and remembered I loved biking in the neighborhood. So one Sunday morning, I decided, I’m buying a bike! I have been in love with cycling ever since. Because I live in Cleveland, Ohio where we have two seasons HOOOOOT or frostbite cold, I had to choose an alternative. When the weather doesn’t permit, I cycle indoors! When I want the energy of a class, I attend a local hip-hop cycling class. Or I can ride my own indoor spinning bike. I have padded shorts (about $40 but worth the investment) and cycling shoes.
Here are my tips for starting a regular exercise program.
If you have medical conditions that prevent you from exercising, seek medical advice.
Find a friend and go on “active dates”
Try new things. You never know what you will like.
Invest. Buy what you need to make the exercise as comfortable as possible. Those padded shorts saved my (butt) life. For you, it may be a new pair of running shoes, headphones for your favorite playlist, or a matching exercise outfit.
Short on cash, find a local recreation center or free class.
Don’t have time, pick a time of day you feel most energetic and motivated. Then schedule an appointment you can’t miss. We all have the same 24 hours in a day.
Multi-task. Watch tv and exercise at the same time. Or watch tv and listen to your professor’s lectures.
Exercise has to be a priority. It is just as important as going to work or school. Find your own form of exercise you enjoy. And find a backup plan if it is weather dependent. Invest in yourself! Your health is worth it!
P.S. I'm co-hosting a Walking Wellness event, Saturday, August 6th, 10:30 am, at EdgeWater Park. See the link for details. Hope to see you there :)