When that "WORK" thing Gets in the Way!

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When will I have time to run or workout?

One of the biggest complaints that I get from clients and "soon to be" runners is "I just don't have enough time!".  Then my response is "really"? Why is that? Now don't get me wrong, there are some extreme exceptions out there on why people (even myself) can not get a run in or add a strength training program to their day.  I get it! But that is when you MUST make it a part of your day.  Here's my excuse today, really, "the weather is perfect but the sun will melt me today".  After that came out of my mouth I had to think, "did I just say that out loud?"!

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Then there is that "work-thang", "spouse-thang", "kid-thang" and "stuff-thang" that tend to get in the way.  Reality check, it's YOU that is getting in the way and everything else is an excuse!   Some of us don't want to sweat or mess up your hair, and again, I GET IT but I also get that I would rather spend AT LEAST 20 minutes a day doing some type of exercise than to spend hours or days in a hospital bed or seeing my doctor more than I see my spouse.  There's something to that!

Well, as you may know, I believe in MOVEMENT and not the type of movement that gets you to the tv remote and back.  I mean real, physical fit movement that can help improve so many things about you health wise.

Today, I read an article from Google News and it's health headline reads "Sitting down 'raises death risk by as much as 40% and is NOT countered by exercise'".   A couple of years ago, I would not have believed that but I have learned over the years that there are jobs where you are literally sitting and staring at a computer for nearly 8+ hours a day!  I have worked in the corporate world and I know that there are positions where that individual did not move from the time they get to work until the time they have to go home.  I have a clients that have lower back and mobility problems because the do not move enough throughout the day.  That is when it is time to invest in a running or workout program.  Not only does it get you moving, it gets your heart rate up and challenges your body to move in ways that can improve your overall physical health.   

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Think about it for a minute, we  live in a society where nearly everything can be done for us.  Why should I do the dishes when I can run the dishwater, or work on the yard when I have a gardener, wash my car or even shovel the snow.  These are things that get YOU moving and even though these ideas are simple, you just need something "simply" motivate you to get going!

But what if I have a stiff knee, my back hurts, my forearms and hands hurt when I move. . .well. . .because you need to "MOVE".  Physical fitness is said to have skill related, health-related, and physiologic components according to the President's Council on Physical Fitness.  Skill-related components include agility, balance, coordination, speed and power.  Health-related components are cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular fitness (strength and endurance), flexibility and body composition.  All these things needed to live a healthier more fulfilling life!

Now there are all kinds of running workouts and strength training workouts you can get involved in.  Just make sure you see your doctor first and make a list of things you are concerned with before starting any physical activity.  As stated below in some of my blogs, start slow and work your way up to a higher and obtainable level for YOUR body! Make realistic goals and seek a personal trainer (like myself) to reach those goes. 

How do you start? Well, you can start with a nice 10 minute walk and add 5 minutes each day or week.  If it is a nice slow pace, SO WHAT? You are MOVING! Walking your dog or getting the family involved and walk as a family, best friend or group is a great way to get started and motivated.  The more you do, the higher your goals become and the more you are going to want to see improvements.  


 

Nicol A Hodges

Nicol A. Hodges aka "Nic" is fitness professional (NASM, CPT/PES) and product designer living in San Diego, CA. Nicol's athletic background started in her hometown of St. Charles, MO where she earned her 400m state ranking 3 years in a row. Later, at the University of MO, Columbia she earned 8-Big 12 Track and Field titles and a championship title. Nicol currently continues her love for running by competing in local and national running events.