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7 Exercise and Fitness Beliefs You Need to Overcome

The reality is that even if you have a healthy diet, you need to keep fit because the human body was NOT designed to be sedentary. We were created to move and be active and this life of home-office-home-office is preventing us from keeping our bodies mobile and agile as we age.

Since we no longer have to hunt for our food or farm our own crops (unless you are a farmer by profession), you really need to start making fitness a priority and ditch those poor excuses keeping you trapped in an overweight body!

I hear excuses all the time and I decided to tackle a few of those common exercise myths in the hopes that facts will prevail over fiction when it comes to fitness.

  1. “I hate exercising.”
    When I hear a statement like that one, I always figure that this person has tried all the exercises known to mankind and detests them all. Yes, I’m being very sarcastic here because people usually make these kinds of statements after going to the gym for a few sessions and feeling sore and deciding that exercise is not for them.

The reality is there are so many different sports and we were not all created to be runners or skiers or swimmers. You need to explore fitness and find an exercise you love. I know a few people who spend their entire summer playing Ultimate Frisbee because they love this outdoor group fitness activity. Find some different workouts if the typical ones are a bore.


Sweating is a great sense of accomplishment.

I hope this list of myths will help you see some of the mental cues that have been holding you back and I hope this will motivate you to go out there and find an exercise you love and want to practice often. If you are still stuck and you don’t know where to start, I’d take a cue from Dr. Oz and just get into the habit of walking 10,000 steps a day; it’s not going to give you an athlete’s body, but it will get you moving.

Written on 1/8/2010 by Krizia. Krizia (aka MissK) is an international author of an acclaimed food guide. Krizia’s approach to healthy eating is about keeping it simple, approachable and REAL! In June 2009, two months after launching Eat Smart Age Smart, Krizia was awarded with the nomination of ‘Top 200 Health Blogger’ in the Healthy Eating category by Well Sphere. Photo Credit: Ed Yourdon
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