Excuses, Excuses (Heart Health)
We all have reasons to stay inactive. But with a little thought and planning, you can overcome most obstacles to physical activity. For example:
“I don’t have time to exercise.” While physical activity does take time, you can reduce your heart disease risk by getting only 30 minutes of moderate activity on most days of the week. Plus, you can save time by doubling up on some activities. For example, you can ride an exercise bike or use hand weights while watching TV. Or, you can transform some of your everyday chores â€” like washing your car or walking the dog â€” into heart-healthy activities by doing them more briskly than usual.
“I don’t like to exercise.” You may have bad memories of doing sit-ups or running in high school, sweating, puffing, and panting. Now we know that you can get plenty of gain without pain. Activities you already do, such as gardening or walking, can improve your health. So just do more of the activities you like.