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FROM THE EDITORS

Physical activity obstacles


By Donald Hensrud, M.D.
Medical Editor-in-Chief, "The Mayo Clinic Diet"


 

People who don't like to exercise generally view physical activity as painful or boring. It doesn't have to be either. From among the many forms of physical activity, you're bound to find something enjoyable. You need to experiment Find something that piques your interest and try it out.

Here are things you can do to help make exercise more enjoyable.

  • Try not to focus on exercise only. Think of enjoyable things to do in which you're physically active, such as working in your flower garden or helping a friend with a building project. How you frame physical activity in your mind can make a big difference.

  • Take advantage of introductory classes or exercise videos to learn basic skills and techniques.

  • Mix things up. Don't feel tied to one activity, such as walking. On occasion, try an activity such as biking or swimming instead.

  • Listen to music while you exercise. Upbeat music can rev you up and make your workout seem easier. It can also make the time pass more quickly.

  • Focus on the benefits of activity instead of the activity itself. Think of your workout time as personal time for you. Reflect on your goals and remind yourself how good it'll feel to achieve them.

  • Exercise with a friend or in a group. That way, you can socialize while you exercise, which may make the time go faster and the task seem less boring or painful.

Adapted from the book "The Mayo Clinic Diet"


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