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Recently I asked by a married couple, who were looking for ways they can incorporate fun exercise into their daily life schedule. Here’s their question:

What advice would you give us when we know we should exercise, but we just don’t feel up for it?

My answer to them is what I’d tell anyone, whether you a child or adult:

Don’t look at it as exercise – instead play games and sports and have a ton of fun doing it! The main thing is just to get outside every day and do something you think is fun. You can play sports like soccer, basketball, cricket, or volleyball. You can go on family/group hikes or make a special effort to go swimming every weekend.

Do lots of different things, and again, focus on having fun, and doing it often. If you go out, have fun, enjoy the activity, it won’t feel like “exercise” … but you’ll be getting fit and healthy in the meantime.

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Editor’s note: I begun writing this article last week, and it came out to be more than 5, 000 words, almost 10 pages long. So I’ve decided to break it up into smaller chunks and publish it as a series.

I hope that you find these articles helpful and look forward to your comments.

This article is the start of that series.

Obesity is increasing at an alarming rate throughout the world. Today it is estimated that there are more than 300 million obese people world-wide – which is associated with a large number of debilitating and life-threatening disorders. Everyday millions people are diagnosis with some type of killer disease. Heart disease and cancer account for 75% of all deaths in the western would, for example.

A large majority of these diseases can be preventable just by changing our eating habits and proper exercise for maintaining a healthy body. Changing your life-style can literally postpone your funeral for years.

Probably no more than 20 per cent of those trying to lose weight, and possibly as few as 5 per cent, will have any long-term success with dieting.

So how does a trim, noticeable figure come about? Certainly not by accident; you have to eat less and exercise more. The key words are balance, common-sense and planning.

A lot of people adopt short-term weight reduction schemes to loss weight quickly, but many of these weight-reduction schemes may be at a cost to one’s general health if vital nutrients are missed out.

Nor will skipping meals on a regular basis help since there is a general tendency for meal skippers to ‘catch up’ at their next opportunity. Many are prepared to eat less but rarely think of engaging in an exercise programme.

The two items (eating less and exercise more) must go hand in hand – exercise is an aid to reducing, not a substitute for correct eating practices.

To be continued…

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It’s so encouraging to see that some people are getting up off the couch, and doing something active. I must admit that a lot of people are now taking a keen interest in getting back in shape and stay healthy. While there are others who just keep making-up excuses and more excuses.

Two common barriers for people who want to exercise and get in shape are a lack of time and money needed for fitness.

Who has the time to go to the gym, or buy expensive equipment, or take long bike rides?
Well, if those are the things stopping you, you’re in luck.

It takes no equipment to get a great workout and get in shape, and with one or two pieces of simple equipment, you can turn that great workout into a fantastic one, you magnificent beast, you.
And with little or no equipment required for a fantastic workout, you can do it at home, or wherever you are. Even if you’re in solitary confinement – one lesson we can learn from prisoners.

It’s hard not to find time for this type of workout — you can do it while watching TV, for goodness sake!

Using just your bodyweight, you can do a large number of challenging exercises. I suggest starting with bodyweight exercises along with some cardio (i.e. walking, jogging, swimming, etc) and then slowly transitioning to a combination of bodyweight and weight training to get a good balance.

And even if you’re doing a complete weight training program, you can always use bodyweight exercises anytime you can’t make it to the gym.

I’m curious to hear your excuse(s) – why you’re still falling asleep in front the TV when you could be doing something active. Let’s hear ‘em in the comments.

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