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3 Reasons Why Anyone Can Exercise

June 7, 2010

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To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.


[tweetmeme source=”living_minimal” only_single=false]When it comes to a healthy lifestyle most, if not all, agree that you need a healthy body. Regrettably a healthy body doesn’t come free. It needs maintenance in the form of exercise. But when it come to exercise we seem to have a lot of excuses for not doing it. The most used excuse is that we just don’t have the time to add exercise to our busy schedules. In a life filled with work, a household to maintain, our social obligations and all sorts of entertainment there are just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to exercise. I personally think that we are bullsh*tting ourselves. Everyone can exercise. Why?

1. There is no such thing as extra time. You make time or you don’t.

If you have enough time in your life to watch your favourite TV shows, you also have enough time to exercise. An agenda filled with appointments is just a list of choices of how you decided to fill up the 24 hours of the day. Pick one moment and schedule it for exercise.

2. What you must do and what you have done are usually two different things.

Look back at the things you did today.

How many of those things were so essential that you were the only person to do them and you had to do them today?

This will differ for everyone but probably not much. You created an excuse for yourself that you “had” to do all the other stuff. Don’t feel bad about that. It’s only human nature to give meaning and some sort of urgency to our daily actions. Just try to let go of a few of those things so you can make time for exercise.

3. People dislike that first step of exercise.

I know that this doesn’t count for everyone. For the people who love exercise: please stop reading this article and go outside for some exercise! For those who do have problems to get to the point to put on your running shoes or get all your sports gear. I have one advice:

Just do it.

You can probably think of a thousand excuses why it is just not the right time for you now. But that’s all they are, excuses. All to keep you from that single truth. That once you put on your stuff and take that first step it doesn’t feel that bad. It might even feel great!

These three reasons also give me no more excuses. I am used to a schedule of running twice a week and yoga once a week. I’m upping the dose to at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. Even if it is just a stroll down the park while enjoying the scenery.

What do you think? How much and what kind of exercise is needed for a healthy lifestyle?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Je zwager permalink
    June 18, 2010 07:56

    Two questions:

    1 how can it be that you write that there is no such thing as extra time. While in the next sentence you seem convinced that we as humans are able to create time. Like if when i’m working overtime is can create that extra hour to run my ass of in the park.

    2 is this a sponsored message? For i know for a fact you have them just do it shoes. ;-)

    “i’m just f**king with you Ted”

  2. June 18, 2010 09:36

    No, I am not sponsored. Although that would be quite funny. Minimalism is endorsed by [fill in company]. :)

    And to the first question: No amount of overtime can created extra time. I’m sorry. We should be happy about that, otherwise we would have any excuses to take time off. What I’m trying to say is that you should choose: work overtime OR jogging. There is only 24 hours in a day and if you wish to do anything you should free up that time to do it.

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