A study in the American Psychological Association's Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology is very good news for people who simply do not find the time or have the inclining to go to a gym to exercise.
They found there are many reasons why people do not start exercise programs. Time is usually the number one reason. Traveling to a gym does take time and is often inconvenient. Some people are also afraid they may appear to be foolish in front of others.
The most important reason is that there is no motivation to start an exercise program. Being lazy is so much easier If people only realized the benefits that would derive from devoting 15 minutes daily to an exercise program they could do at home, they would not hesitate another day.
A study at the University of Florida found that women who practiced at home lost about 25 pounds on average in about 15 months. The important thing was that they were able to maintain a constant weight after achieving this weight loss.
The convenience of exercising in the privacy of your home, and being able to choose the time you want to exercise, was really a motivating factor to stick with the program.
As you progress with the program, you will start to see slight changes taking place in your body's build. There will be fat loss from one area (generally around the waist), and muscle strengthening and build-up on other areas, such as the chest, arms and legs.
Your goals will increase and you will feel good about yourself. This feeling almost builds to a state of euphoria. You will stand and walk tall, and you will be motivated to raise your goals even higher.
Not exercising one day, for whatever reason, will cause you to feel guilty. This feeling of guilt will only enhance your motivation to continue with your exercise program and even raise your goals to a higher level.
My experience with my own exercise program has changed my whole perspective on exercising. Going from 165 pounds to 144 pounds, my waist from 36 inches to 33 inches … and keeping there is the greatest incentive of all. And, if that was not enough, my Cholesterol and Trigliceride levels were reduced by well over 100 points each, and I am maintaining normal levels with no change in diet, except for the common sense reduction in fats.
I do hope this changes your perspective on starting your exercise program. The benefits are awful. I have only touched on a few, and there are many, many more. Watch for my comments in future columns where I will discuss other health topics.
I will also bring you different products that I have found to be of great benefit in daily living. These products will help make life easier.
From time to time I will also address different aspects of staying healthy, and being able to live an active and vivid lifestyle as we grow older. Vitality is the name of the game for seniors.
FOR NOW HAPPY EXERCISING !!!