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									Exercise physiologist Kathleen                                                                                                         EXCUSE:
                                                                                                                                       “I JUST HATE EXERCISING”                                                   ENJOY GETTING FIT
Alleaume reveals some of the most                                                                                                      Exercise doesn’t have to mean                                              The Australian Physical Activity
common excuses for missing your                                                                                                        going for a 10km run, you can get                                          Guidelines for Adults recommends
daily exercise, along with simple                                                                                                      exercise any way you like! But first                                       thinking of movement as an opportunity
                                                                                                                                       and foremost, replace the word                                             for improving health, instead of a time-
ways to combat them for good!
                                                                                                                                       ‘exercise’ with ‘activity’ – that way,                                     wasting inconvenience. Which is a good
                                                                                                                                       enjoyable pursuits, such as                                                idea, says Dr Green. “It’s important to

                                                                                                                                       dancing, gardening, walking along                                          turn Automatic Negative Thoughts
BEAT YOUR                                                                                                                              the beach and playing with the
                                                                                                                                       dog all count. “With so many ways
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (ANTs) into Performance Enhancing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thoughts (PETs). [These] motivate us
                                                                                                                                       to become active, all you need is                                          when the excuses start to kick in.”

                                                                                                                                       to find an activity you love,” says
                                                                                                                                       Dr Green. And make sure you
                                                                                                                                       focus on the benefits, not the
                                                                                                                                                                                     ANTs                       PETs
                                                                                                                                       hassle, adds Professor Sharp. “It’s           I’m too tired              I feel energised the day after exercising
                                                                                                                                       important to remind yourself of all                                      I can always make a little bit of time for
                                                                                                                                                                                     I don’t have time
                                                                                                                                       the reasons why you want to be                                           my health
                                                                                                                                       exercising and focus on all the
                                                                                                                                                                                     Exercise bores me          There are so many new activites to try
                                                                                       longer segment. Just remember to                benefits when you do. You will
              Exercise Physiologist           EXCUSE:                                  treat those segments like                       enjoy the results – so keep an eye            I really hate exercising
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Participating in an activity I enjoy won’t
              Kathleen Alleaume’s tip
                                              “I DON’T HAVE TIME”                      appointments, advises Green.                    on your long-term goals!”                                                feel like exercise
              for 2010: change your self
              talk. Use the phrase ‘I will’   Let’s set the record straight. There
              instead of ‘I should’.
                                              are 336 half-hours in the week. On       EXCUSE:
                                              average, you sleep for 105 of them,      “I GET BORED EASILY”
                                              which leaves you with 231                If you have a short attention span
EXCUSE:                                       opportunities to schedule in 30          when it comes to exercise, it could
“I’M TOO TIRED”                               minutes of exercise! “People who         be time to set new goals and
Researchers at Columbia University            use this excuse are actually saying      change up your routine, says
concluded that you’re much more               that exercise is not enough of a         professor Timothy Sharp, a clinical
likely to maintain a new exercise             priority on their to-do list,” says Dr   psychologist who specialises in
routine if you make sure you have a           Suzy Green, psychologist and             positive thinking. Setting goals,
‘plan B’ – in fact, you’re likely to          director of the Positive Psychology      tracking your progress, and
exercise twice as much. So if you             Institute. Tough words, but you          rewarding yourself when you
regularly find yourself oversleeping          don’t need to reshuffle your entire      achieve them can help with your
and missing your morning workout,             life around a new exercise routine.      motivation. Creating a weekly
come up with an alternative                   Research shows short bursts of           exercise plan will also help banish
strategy. For example, ‘If I                  exercise might actually give you         boredom. Try a yoga class on
oversleep, I’ll go to the gym at              better results than one long             Monday, take a 30-minute walk on
lunch.’ And remember regular                  session. In one study, exercisers        Tuesday – and make a point of
exercise actually releases                    who completed several 10-minute          trying something new, like a dance
endorphins (feel good hormones),              segments each day were able to           class, to shake things up. Also, try
which help increase your energy               stick to their workouts more             working out with a buddy or
levels and reduce stress – so being           consistently, actually exercised         listening to music, suggests Sharp.
‘too tired’ really isn’t a good               more, and lost more weight overall,      Variety will keep both your mind
                                                                                                                                                               now lower in carbs + higher in fibre
excuse after all!                             than those who exercised in one          and your muscles engaged.
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