Magazine article Work & Family Life

That's NO Excuse for Not Exercising

Magazine article Work & Family Life

That's NO Excuse for Not Exercising

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The Prevention Research Center at the University of South Carolina has found that walking for 30 minutes five times a week or jogging for half an hour three times a week can reduce your risk of stroke by 40 percent.

"Stroke risk dropped dra- matically at an aerobic fitness level that was actually very modest," said Steven Hooker, Ph.D., director of the Center and lead author of the study. "Fitness has a protective effect regardless of the presence or absence of other stroke risk factors."

But we all get lazy sometimes and have to keep remind- ing ourselves of the ben- efits of physical activity. Here's how to overcome your favorite excuses when you just don't feel like exercising:

1 "I'm too tired." When your energy is low, exercise for just 10 minutes. Then, if you're still tired, you can quit. You'll find that the more you exercise, the more energy you'll have. Being out of shape contributes to fatigue.

2 "It's boring." Find an activity that's not boring - dancing, biking, hiking, tennis. Join a walking group or exercise with a partner, friend or a dog. …

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